Longhorns sophomore center Jake Raulerson will transfer from Texas after being granted his transfer release from UT, he announced on Thursday as well as telling HD.
Raulerson, who is going to graduate in May, has two years of eligibility left. He tells HD he can transfer anywhere except for the schools that are on Texas’ 2016 schedule.
Where exactly he will transfer is still up in the air, however, he tells HD that he does not mind playing out of state and has a few schools in mind.
With starting center Taylor Doyle’s eligibility used up, the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Raulerson was likely going to enter the spring as Texas’ starting center.
He did not see the field all that much at all this season but did play in 12 games with five starts his redshirt freshman season in 2014 [four at center/one at right tackle].
There will no doubt be several interested suitors out there for the former highly regarded recruit out of Celina [Texas], where Raulerson was one of the top two-way linemen in his class in 2013 as well as a U.S. Army All-American.
With Raulerson transferring, the Longhorns will have to find someone with little experience at center to take over in 2016.
Patrick Vahe, who started at right guard as a freshman for UT in 2015, could be a candidate. But it really could depend on how the rest of Texas’ 2015 offensive line class shapes up with recruits like Jean Delance and Zach Shackelford still in UT’s sights.
Should Texas get one, or both of those players it could free up the Longhorns to do some reshuffling in 2016 to work around Raulerson’s transfer.
UT will have Vahe, left tackle Connor Williams and right tackle Kent Perkins returning next season to an offensive line that is unsure of whether or not they’ll be coached by current OL coach Joe Wickline.
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The thought by any is whoever comes in as Texas’ next offensive coordinator will likely bring in their own offensive lines coach. That is something we’ve heard will likely happen if Tulsa co-offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert ends up at Texas.