Summer Tour

Celina, Texas, offensive lineman Jake Raulerson visited Ole Miss unofficially Monday, the latest in a flurry of trips the decorated 2013 offensive lineman has made this summer.

The 6-foot-5, 250-pound Raulerson, who will next travel to Gainesville, Fla., to check out the Gators of Florida, came away impressed with the Rebels, though he was unable to meet head coach Houston Nutt.

Nutt traveled with his fellow Southeastern Conference head coaches to Bristol, Conn., for a tour of ESPN Monday.

However, Raulerson received the grand tour of campus, including tours of the athletics facilities and Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. And he met offensive line coach Mike Markuson and a few current players.

"It went great. I was just wanting to see how Ole Miss was," he said. "I got to meet all the coaches, except for Coach Nutt. He was unfortunately in Bristol. I didn't get to meet him. But (wide receivers) Coach (Gunter) Brewer showed me around a little bit, and I got to talk to the o-line coach. He seemed like a really great guy. I enjoyed that.

"I actually got to meet some of the players that were working out there. It was pretty cool getting to interact with some of the players and getting to know what they like about the school. They showed me around quite a bit. I really like the fact that everything's so close together. The training facility and the weight room and the training room, it's all right there connected to the stadium. You don't really have to go anywhere, since everything's so close together and so accessible. The coaches there were really friendly, and I've always been an SEC person. Getting to go to an SEC school was a big deal. I had a good time."

Jake Raulerson
Raulerson has known Brewer since his ninth grade year at Celina High School, when Brewer was coaching wide receivers for Oklahoma State. The Cowboys have also offered Raulerson, as have Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma and Auburn, among others.

"Well, Gunter Brewer was actually at OSU prior to this. He was actually the first (coach) I got in contact with my ninth grade year," Raulerson said. "I've talked to him ever since. That's really how my connection started with Ole Miss, because of the fact that he's there.

"Right now, everything is really even. I'm not giving an edge to any one school."

Ole Miss, he said, has an advantage in that it plays in the SEC. Still, Wednesday acted as more of a beginning to the relationship between Raulerson and Ole Miss. But he is eager to know more.

"They do have an advantage, being an SEC school," he said. "But so do all the other SEC schools out there. It's a great school and a good program. I like the coaches, but I can't really tell you where they're at right now, ‘cause I just started talking to them. I don't really know much about the school.

"I really just started talking to them maybe a week prior to going on this unofficial visit. They're just as much in the running as any other school on that (offer) sheet right now. I'm looking forward to going out to a game maybe and seeing how they do."

Raulerson has made numerous visits this summer, having already seen Texas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, SMU and Texas A&M prior to making the long drive to Ole Miss.

"Every one that I've visited, I've had good things to say," he said. "If I had to mention one that's stuck out to me in my mind, besides Ole Miss, it would probably be Auburn, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma and A&M. Those were pretty big in my mind, so far.

"I would like to narrow it down after the football season, around the middle of January."

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