FL lineman talks WFU offer, recruiting

Wake Forest is in pursuit of one of the Sunshine State's top linemen. Ray Raulerson, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle from perennial football powerhouse, H.B. Plant in Tampa has seen his offer list expand greatly in the spring. He up to a dozen Division 1 offers with the latest coming from the Demon Deacons.

"Wake Forest, Louisville, and Cincinnati all offered me within the last week," said Raulerson. "I was working out with my coach after practice and he told me I had a phone call from Coach Duffie at Wake Forest. We talked briefly, about five minutes. He said that they loved my athletic ability, they were very impressed with my film, and that also liked the fact I've a good student. He said they wanted me at Wake Forest. He mentioned tackle, but it doesn't matter to me. I want to play.

"I'm feel very honored to receive the Wake Forest offer. I know that it's a great academic school in the ACC. It's not a large school which is a good thing. I haven't been to campus but I feel like I know a little about it after watching the movie, 'The 5th Quarter'."

Since Raulerson is continuing to field offers from top Division 1 programs he said he may wait awhile before he's ready to end his recruiting.

"I've been to UCF, USF, and Miami," he said. "I'm planning on taking a trip to the Northeast to see Rutgers, Boston College, and Connecticut. After I'm able to make more visits, my plan is to make a list of schools that I want to get more involved with. Hopefully, I'll be ready to make my commitment by the summer so I can get get that behind me and concentrate on my senior season at Plant."

At most schools a 10-2 season would be considered a success. Raulerson, who was part of the 2011 8A championship team, is used to winning big and said that will be a major factor when selecting a college program to join.

"At Plant we contend for titles," Raulerson stated. "I want to go to a team with those same aspirations. The academics side is something I'm going to take highly into account. I want to get a good education and earn a degree while I'm there. The third thing is how well I enjoy being around the coaches and the players and being on the campus."

In his junior season, Raulerson played in 11 of the Plant Panthers 12 games. He was named first team All-Conference. In passing situation, Raulerson is at left tackle. He'll move over to the right side to run block in Plant's spread offense.


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