Junior Enjoys Texas Camp

A top junior's decision to attend the upperclassman camp this past weekend paid off.

"I thought camp really went great for me," said Celina lineman Jake Raulerson. "I got to go against some really good competition, and quite a few (Texas) commits.

"The main point of going to the older camp was to get more experience against better competition," Raulerson said. "I thought it would catch the coaches' eyes more. Honestly, it's one of the smartest things I've ever done. I was just able to see what I can do."

Part of what Raulerson did surprised him.

"I was pretty surprised that I did as well as I did," Raulerson said. "Offensively, I went against some really good defensive ends, like Hassan Ridgeway, and held my own. Then I went over to the defensive side of the ball and pretty much beat everyone I went against."

Raulerson said that led to a bit of in-fighting among the coaches.

"Coach Searels said he would love to see me at offensive tackle," Raulerson said. "Coach Giles said he wanted me at defensive end. So I don't really know where they want to put me."

The biggest compliment might have come from head coach Mack Brown, himself.

"Mack Brown told me personally: 'you're good enough to play anywhere you want. I just hope it's Texas,'" Raulerson said.

Raulerson has earned attention from a bevy of schools, and was actually headed to Oklahoma's camp when LonghornDigest.com caught up with him. He said if he had to list his top schools, they would be Texas, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, TCU, Arkansas and SMU. This summer, he plans to trip to TCU, Alabama, LSU and Arkansas after finishing with the OU camp. He also plans to hit at least one combine.

Raulerson currently weighs 245 pounds, meaning he isn't far off from ideal defensive end size. But he said he would prefer to stay on the offensive side of the ball in college.

"I love playing offense," Raulerson said. "I've always played on the offensive line. I just recently started playing defense, and I like it, but my dad played offensive line, my grandpa played offensive line and I've just always grown up playing offense. I've always loved it."

Raulerson said he enjoyed his time in Austin.

"I had a great experience at Texas this past weekend," Raulerson said. "It was awesome."

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