When tight end Christian Morgan (Plano, Texas/Prestonwood Christian) announced his commitment Tuesday to Florida State, few were happier for him than good friend and Texas-bound 2013 commitment Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas/Celina).
Raulerson, an ESPN 150 offensive lineman, has known Morgan since the two were attending camps in the eighth grade. The two were seen posing for pictures after Morgan’s announcement -- Morgan in his Florida State ball cap and Raulerson in his Longhorns cap.
“I’m happy for him. I’ve played with him a lot of years, and it’s a big deal to be able to see him go to a place he wants to go,” Raulerson said of Morgan, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end. “Florida State’s a great program. Hopefully, they’ll go to the Big 12; that way, I’ll get a chance to play against him.”
Raulerson said Morgan is one of the hardest-working players he knows. Morgan, in three seasons with Prestonwood Christian, has yet to miss a game. He was a starter on the offensive line out of necessity in his earlier years, but he moved to tight end last season and served as a reliable blocking end who also was an option at safety in passing situations.
Raulerson, also 6-5 and 250, said he gave Morgan the same advice he gives all new commits -- continue working as if you’re not committed.
“You’ve got to stay hungry,” Raulerson said. “You have to keep going and keep working at getting better. You can’t be satisfied with being committed. You still have a season to play for.
“I know he’s going to play 100 percent. He’s a hard-working dude, so I’m not even worried about that with him. He plays every play like it’s his last, and that’s what you have to do.”