Rasco has Unlimited Potential

Jermauria Rasco is one of the top 2011 prospects in the country, if not the best. At 6-4, and 240 pounds with elite quickness off the ball, the pass rushing terror is already receiving interest and offers from the top programs in the country with two standing out early on. Burnt Orange Beat spoke with Rasco in Shreveport before his spring game.

Jermauria Rasco has accomplished as much or more on the field than any other player in the 2011 class to date. As a freshman, the explosive defensive end recorded 109 tackles, seven sacks and four fumble recoveries for Shreveport Evangel, a terrific season for a senior in high school.

In 2008, Rasco went from a player that the Evangel staff had high aspirations for to a Friday night monster breaking a long standing national sack record with 26 and totaling 149 stops and four more fumble recoveries.

Having grown nearly an inch to 6-4 and weighing 240 pounds with the same quickness and speed, as he possessed in the 220's, the junior-to-be is becoming a player drawing comparisons to Jevon Kearse in terms of rushing the passer and speed to run sideline to sideline. While the lofty comparisons may be a little early, the special talents that Rasco possesses can't be overlooked.

There are stories of the first play in a loss to Lake Travis knocking a Cavalier offensive tackle flat on his back, blowing by another tackle in a different game hitting the quarterback at the conclusion of a three step drop and many others.

Evangel head coach John Bachman says his star player has combined special ability with being coachable to become the player everyone sees today.

"The thing that Jermauria has is the natural ability," Bachman said. "When we got him as a seventh grader, he looked great, but there a lot of good looking kids that look like Tarzan and play like Jane. That wasn't the case with Jermauria. Where he has been very fortunate is having someone like Byron Dawson (played at LSU) as his coach, so with the ability and the coaching of Coach Dawson, you have the animal that people are talking about now."

Along with the talent, Rasco is a humble kid that knows he has a lot of hard work in front of him. He also understands team and the players that have come before him at Evangel.

"The good news about Jermauria is he knows he's been blessed. He's doing his best right now to honor the ones before him here. One of the most important things to me last year when we lost the state championship game and he was awarded the defensive MVP or some award was that when people wanted to interview him, he looked at me and said he didn't want to go because it was the senior's time. That's rare when you get that type of kid that has his ability with that kind of thought process. He's a great kid with a bright future," Bachman said.

In speaking with Rasco before the Evangel spring game on Friday, all of the character traits mentioned by Coach Bachman came true. Breaking a long-standing national record wasn't something the future five-star prospect wanted to talk about. He's much more focused on getting better.

"No sir, I didn't know (about breaking the record)," said Rasco. "I was just playing ball. I found out at the state semifinals that I had tied the record or broken it or something. One of the coaches told me, but I didn't believe him. I said that's crazy. It's an honor to do something like that, but I have to continue to work hard and get better."

The sideline-to-sideline player with legit 4.6 speed says four schools have offered with two standing out early on.

"I have offers from Alabama, UCLA, Texas A&M and LSU. As of right now, my mind is on LSU and Texas. I was born in Louisiana, but moved to Houston when I was young. We always cheered for the Texas Longhorns. I moved to Houston when I was seven or eight and moved back in the seventh grade."

Having family in the Houston area could be a benefit for the Longhorns.

"I have a cousin that lives in Houston. He played baseball at Baylor. My older brother lives in Houston, he is 20," Rasco said.

Rasco attended the Texas Spring game in April. He didn't have any summer camp plans locked as of Friday.

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