On the road again


Call it the "Jake Raulerson Southern Tour."

Raulerson, the heavily-recruited junior offensive lineman from Celina (Texas), recently came back from an unofficial visit to Oklahoma's campus in Norman, Okla., which was the 10th school he has visited. And he's looking to make a couple others soon.

Raulerson has now been to Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas, Texas A&M and SMU. He wants to plan a trip to TCU, as well.

"The trips are great experiences. You get to see different campuses with different atmospheres," Raulerson said. "From Austin [Texas] to Norman and all the way out to Gainesville [Fla.], it's great to see the different towns and meet all the new people."

Raulerson, who admitted he is wide open with his recruiting process, said the trips originally caught him off guard. He wasn't expecting to make a road trip and have fans outside of Celina cheering him on.

"I've had a couple of people yell out my name," the ESPNU 150 Watch List member said. "It's a lot of fun to see how many people know you and have never met you before."

Raulerson is being recruited as an offensive tackle, but his range on the line makes him such an attractive player. He can play guard, center or tackle on offense and defensive tackle, defensive end and inside linebacker on the other side of the football.

Raulerson said his next trip out of Celina either will be to Fort Worth on Saturday for this weekend's TCU-SMU matchup or next week for the Texas-Oklahoma game in Dallas or the Florida-LSU game in Baton Rouge, La.

DGB reaches impressive receiver milestone

Dorial Green-Beckham (Springfield, Mo./Hillcrest) is the kind of athlete who can put up mind-blowing numbers every week. Last Friday, the five-star senior receiver hit a major milestone as he prepares for football on the college level.

Green-Beckham caught 10 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns in Hillcrest's 35-8 win over Glendale (Mo.). The performance put him over the 5,000-yard receiving mark for his high school career. Friday's performance comes a week after he caught 12 passes for 217 yards and two scores in a win over Camdenton (Mo.).

Green-Beckham entered the year with nearly 4,100 yards and 51 touchdowns for his career. When asked if Green-Beckham's efforts were ever surprising, Hillcrest coach John Beckham, who also is Green-Beckham's adoptive father, answered with four simple words and a smile.

"Every now and then," he said.

Williams returns from back spasms

Four-star Missouri commit Jonathan Williams (Allen, Texas/Allen) returned to the football field last Friday for the first time since Aug. 27, showing no signs of back spasms that kept him inactive for nearly three weeks.

The No. 16-ranked RB in the country rushed for 82 yards and a touchdown, as the No. 3 team in the Fab 50 downed county rival Plano (Texas), 44-7. Williams, a 6-foot, 205-pounder, hadn't played since Allen's season opener against Cedar Hill (Texas).

"It felt great to be able to get back on the field with my teammates, just because of how hard we all worked this summer," Williams said. "[Everyone] can expect a player who's going to play hard every play to help show that the Allen Eagles are the best in the country."

Williams rushed for nearly 2,100 yards and 19 touchdowns as a junior.

Fulks pulls weight for defending Kansas champs

During his recruiting process, senior running back Justin Fulks (Stilwell, Kan./Blue Valley) hasn't had many opportunities to show he can take on the responsibility of carrying in bulk. Blue Valley, the defending Kansas Class 5A state champion, runs a spread offense and depends on its passing game to put up big numbers.

Last Friday, Fulks had his chance to show he can handle the load on the ground, carrying 31 times for 261 yards in a 24-21 win over Bishop Miege (Roeland Park, Kan.). Fulks also proved to be clutch in the fourth quarter, moving the chains with key runs and, more importantly, helping to milk the clock.

"I had the team on my back," Fulks told the Kansas City Star, "and I ran the ball for them."

Fulks, a three-year starter for Blue Valley, is getting looks from Kansas State, Kansas and Missouri, among others.

Damon Sayles covers recruiting in the Midlands for ESPN Recruiting. He can be reached at dsaylesespn@gmail.com.