The Texas Longhorns have had one of the worst offseasons in program history with multiple arrests and a sexual affair involving the coaching staff. With National Signing Day just hours away, the names are beginning to swirl and excitement is in Austin yet again. Let’s take a look at how much of an impact freshman Jake Raulerson will make at the NCAAF level in 2013.
At 6-foot-5, Raulerson was initially scouted as an offensive lineman but, he has since transitioned to a defensive end and will bring a tremendous amount of talent to the trenches this Fall.
The Longhorns pass rush was subpar last season and I imagine Raulerson will get plenty of playing time for a team that needs a fresh look at the defensive line position. Raulerson is 242 pounds, quick as can be and will be able to turn the corner on any offensive tackle in the Big 12.
Raulerson received offers from across the country and his decision to go to Texas is quite admirable, given the team’s recent scuffles. Playing for his home state team, Raulerson will have the added pressure of his family and friends keeping an incredibly keen eye on him. Hopefully he can learn from the team’s recent struggles with behavior and not make the same mistakes that his future teammates have.
Cedric Reed, Reggie Wilson and Shiro Davis will all compete with Rauelrson for the starting defensive ends positions, but I have no doubt that the freshman will be flying all around the field on Saturdays.