Former Texas center Jake Raulerson will not transfer to UCLA

Former Texas center Jake Raulerson will not enroll at UCLA after being denied admission to his preferred graduate school programs at the school, according to his father, Jay Raulerson.

Raulerson, who recently graduated from Texas, announced on Jan. 25 that after three seasons with the Longhorns he would transfer to UCLA, where he would have two years of eligibility remaining. At the time, he fielded interest from several schools, including Stanford, which pitched him on its statistics and liberal arts programs, and Michigan, which suggested an accounting-based business program, Jay Raulerson said.

At UCLA, Raulerson was interested in the MBA program, but was given reassurances that if he was not accepted into the MBA program, he would surely be accepted into the school’s master of applied economics program, Jay Raulerson said. Jake remained at Texas in the spring to finish his undergraduate work and maintained regular contact with UCLA before receiving rejection letters for both of the programs in which he was interested in mid-May.

After speaking with UCLA coach Jim Mora, Raulerson held out hope things would get sorted out, but UCLA countered with an education program that included internships centering on working with underprivileged youth. He wasn’t interested.

“There’s no ill will with UCLA or their coaches,” Jay Raulerson said. “It’s a lesson learned: Don’t commit until you have the acceptance letter.”

There are significantly fewer options this late in the process, but Raulerson hopes to find a new school in the next week.

Last week, he took a visit to North Carolina, which carries a sports administration program he’s interested in, and visited SMU on Monday. It took just three days for SMU to offer admission into its MBA program, but he has not settled on a school.

His father said North Carolina and SMU currently are the favorites, but he also will consider Arkansas, where he travelled Thursday.

Raulerson was a four-star prospect in the Class of 2013 and the No. 113-ranked player in the ESPN 300. He redshirted his first season at Texas and started five games as a redshirt freshman in 2014, including one against UCLA. As a sophomore, his playing time dwindled and he knew about midway through the season it would be his last at Texas.