Texas center transfer Jake Raulerson has announced his commitment to UCLA, just less than a day after returning from his official visit to Los Angeles, and he said the biggest key was the trust he felt with the coaching staff.
"That coaching staff was awesome," Raulerson said. "A big deal is that I felt like I could trust these guys. Trust is a big thing for me. Coach Mora seems like a very trustworthy individual. He treated me really well on the visit. He seems like a guy who really cares about his players."
Raulerson, who weighed in at 304 pounds on the visit, was initially recruited by offensive line coach Adrian Klemm when Klemm was at SMU, and Raulerson said the relationship he built with Klemm at that point was key in his second recruitment.
"I've known Coach Klemm since my sophomore year of high school," Raulerson said. "He was the first guy to offer me. I've really trusted him for a long time. He's been a guy that I've known for a while, and I think he's a great offensive line coach. He was at SMU when I was being recruited so I didn't really consider going to play for him there, but UCLA is a program that I definitely want to play for with a coach like that."
Raulerson picked UCLA over programs like Stanford, Michigan, and Oregon, largely because of that personal relationship he has with Klemm, stretching back five years.
As a grad transfer, Raulerson will be immediately eligible to play. He'll have two years to play at UCLA, and that's key for finding a spot in a graduate school program of his choice.
"They said it wouldn't have been possible if I only had one year left, because obviously any MBA program is two years," Raulerson said. "And the fact that I can do two years helps my chances of getting into that program."
Raulerson was hosted by Josh Rosen and hung out a good amount with the team, and he said that also helped to sell him on UCLA.
"The guys that I went around with they just seemed like a family," Raulerson said. "It was a great atmosphere. I spent a lot of time with (Rosen). He hosted me this weekend and he's a great kid, very mature. Guy knows how to play ball. Playing with a guy like that is exciting and the offense is going to be great next year with a guy like that at the helm."
Still, Raulerson has a little bit of work to do before he'll be a Bruin, with a full semester of course work at Texas left to finish up his undergraduate degree before he'll enroll in June.
"18 course hours, six classes," Raulerson said. "It's going to be great."