Texas rolls out the red carpet for Rasco

The Texas Longhorns hosted one of the top 2011 prospects in the country on Saturday and Sunday. Shreveport Evangel sack machine Jermauria Rasco took in Texas for a second time and came away very impressed. Burnt Orange Beat spoke to a Rasco family friend on Sunday evening to discuss his unofficial visit.

Jermauria Rasco is one of the special talents one comes across in the recruiting business. All of the physical tools are there as well as the understanding of improvement and importance of being a well-rounded athlete and student.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Texas Longhorns played host to the special prospect in the 2011 class for a second time after Rasco took in the spring game in April. This time, the Longhorns spent valuable one-on-one time with the future five-star prospect rolling out the red carpet according to close family friend Rick Rowe.

"Texas really rolled out the red carpet," said Rowe. "It was a great presentation. We talked with the coaches, the academic support people, the strength and conditioning coach and got a great look at the University of Texas more than just on the football side. I went to LSU with the family and was honored to be able to drive him (Rasco) down to Austin. We discovered what makes the University of Texas one of the top universities and programs in the country."

One of the highlights was a Sunday morning hour-long meeting with head coach Mack Brown.

"We had an hour long sit down with Mack Brown this morning. We were impressed with the life lesson teaching Mack Brown is into. We discovered that there are many life lessons they teach and prepare players for at the University of Texas. I would say that UT has emerged and given Jermauria a strong option. UT is on the radar for sure," Rowe said.

Rowe said defensive coordinator and head coach-in-waiting Will Muschamp, whom he met at a spring practice at Evangel, also impressed him in May and again over the weekend.

"Will Muschamp is a very bright guy. He impressed me at a spring practice. He is a bright guy," Rowe said.

With trips in the rear view mirror to LSU and Texas, the two programs stand out above the rest, but it's very early with a decision a long way away.

"We had a great visit to the University of Texas. We also had a great visit at LSU. They are both great options. Jermauria isn't close to decision at all. He's young, won't turn 17 until mid-October, and has quite a bit in front of him," Rowe said.

In a May 28 update after attending the Evangel spring game, head coach John Bachman said 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.

Texas defensive ends coach Oscar Giles attended the Evangel Christian spring game in May.

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