The long, strange journey of Jake Raulerson has apparently come to an end, but not before one final little twist.
After it was announced in January that the Texas graduate transfer would be moving on to UCLA, it was reported earlier this month that he wouldn’t be a Bruin after all as he wasn’t admitted into his two preferred graduate programs at that school. Subsequent to that, Raulerson posted on Twitter that he had been accepted into SMU’s business program, leading most to assume that the Mustangs would be his new home.
What’s that saying about the word assume? Again on his Twitter account, Raulerson revealed Wednesday that he has been accepted into Arkansas’ business school, seemingly confirming that SMU now had some competition for his services both academically and athletically.
— Jake from Statefarm (@JakeRaulerson55) June 15, 2016
Less than a day after that posting, Raulerson took to the same social media site Thursday to announce that he will be finishing (presumably) his collegiate career with the Razorbacks.
— Jake from Statefarm (@JakeRaulerson55) June 16, 2016
The acceptance letter and decision to transfer to the Hogs came after an extended visit to Fayetteville by the offensive lineman last week. Along with UA and SMU, North Carolina had also been believed to be a potential landing spot.
Raulerson started five games in 2014 (four at center, one at guard), then played in eight games this past season. Exiting the 2015 regular season, Patterson was viewed as the favorite to win the starting center job for the Longhorns in 2016.
Not only will Raulerson be eligible to play immediately at Arkansas, but he will be eligible to play in 2017 as well.