ARLINGTON, Texas – Watch List offensive tackle Jake Raulerson (Celina, Texas) is one of the most popular offensive linemen of the Class of 2013. He has 23 offers to prove it.
Raulerson picked up his 23rd offer -- and arguably one of his biggest -- from Ohio State on Thursday night. New Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer is a familiar face of sorts, as Raulerson used to attend Meyer’s youth camps when he was at Florida.
“I had the chance to talk to him, and he said I had an offer,” said Raulerson, who was at Cowboys Stadium on Friday watching Argyle (Texas) and his friend, three-star tackle and Texas Tech commit Trey Keenan, play for the Texas Class 3A Division II championship against Wimberley (Texas).
“It was special because it was Coach Meyer," Raulerson said. "I grew up watching Coach Meyer and the Gators. It was pretty cool to get an offer from him.”
Raulerson, now 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, reminisced of participating in Meyer’s camps against much older competitors. There were times where he’d line up against a high school junior or senior and he was a 12-year-old seventh-grader.
It’s Raulerson’s gamely attitude -- along with his speed off the line and overall technique -- that has made him such a nationwide commodity. In addition to Ohio State, Raulerson has offers from Auburn, Stanford, Florida, Michigan, Alabama and Oklahoma State, among others. As special as the Ohio State offer is, Raulerson is treating it as just another offer from a respected FBS program.
“It [the Ohio State offer] definitely is one of my top offers, but I don’t rank them,” Raulerson said. “I just know that it’s a big one, and I thought it was pretty cool to talk to Coach Meyer on the phone.
“Right now, I’m just trying to have fun with everything, enjoy the process and not get too stressed about it. I want to get through the winter break and just make sure I pick the place that’s perfect for me. I’m going to take my time with it.”