FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema announced Friday that former Texas offensive lineman Jake Raulerson will transfer to Arkansas and join the program immediately. Raulerson will have two years of eligibility starting this fall.
“Jake brings a lot of big game experience and versatility to the offensive line unit after playing nearly every positon during the last two years,” Bielema said. “We know a lot about Jake having recruited him out of high school and playing against him a few years ago when he started at right tackle in the Texas Bowl. His personality and passion are a great fit for our program and we are excited to welcome him to the Razorback family.”
A five-time member of the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Raulerson earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Texas in just three years and will pursue a master’s degree in business administration at Arkansas. After announcing his decision to transfer, Raulerson was also recruited by Michigan, UCLA, Stanford and North Carolina before choosing to become a Razorback.
Raulerson started five games, including four at center, as a redshirt freshman for the Longhorns in 2014. His fifth start as a redshirt freshman came at right tackle against Arkansas in the AdvoCare V100 Texas Bowl. This past season, Raulerson appeared in 11 games for the Longhorns.
The Celina, Texas, native was a consensus four-star prospect as a senior in 2013. He was tabbed the No. 113 player and the No. 9 offensive tackle in the nation by ESPN, listed as the No. 127 overall player and the No. 11 defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com, and ranked No. 172 overall and the No. 3 center in the nation by 247Sports.com. In addition, he was a three-time 3A All-State selection and participated in the 2013 U.S. Army All-American Bowl.