By MaxPreps' Stephen Spiewak
Although Will Muschamp is already eight months into his role as Florida’s head football coach, he’s hardly forgotten his roots in Texas, where he spent three seasons as the Longhorns' defensive coordinator.
He certainly hasn’t forgotten top recruiting targets in the state of Texas.
Muschamp has the Gators involved in the recruitment of Celina (Texas) offensive lineman Jake Raulerson, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tackle who is shooting up recruiting boards.
Raulerson, who recently received his 17th verbal offer by way of Brian Kelly and Notre Dame, told MaxPreps that the two schools recruiting him hardest right now are Florida and Texas.
A member of the MaxPreps 2013 Top 100 watch list, Raulerson was extremely busy visiting colleges this summer, checking out in-state schools Texas, Texas A&M, TCU and SMU, while traveling to visit Oklahoma State, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas.
His most recent visit was likely his furthest: a trip to Gainesville, Fla.
In the class of 2011, a class largely assembled by Urban Meyer, Muschamp did not sign a single recruit from Texas. In fact the Gators only have one Lone Star State native of the roster, redshirt junior Omarius Hines.
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