June 7, 2010

Rasco returns from UA visit

Rivals250 defensive end Jermauria Rasco grabbed the attention of many of the nation's top programs, along with more than 20 scholarship offers, after amassing over 100 tackles in each of his first three seasons at Evangel Christian in Shreveport, Louisiana. This weekend, Rasco was in Tuscaloosa to catch the first day of the Crimson Tide's first summer camp and both Rasco and his mother came away impressed with the experience.

"It was a really great weekend overall," Rasco said. "I would have liked to have stayed for the whole thing but my schedule just didn't work out. I have some training sessions scheduled for this week that I really couldn't miss."

"I got to Tuscaloosa on Saturday and just kind of hung around the campus. I got to meet up with some of the current players and hang out with them a little bit. I got to know Josh Chapman and he's a really cool guy. He and all the rest of the guys were very honest with me and basically told me what things are like on the team and what the coaches are like. They really weren't just trying to talk me into going to Alabama, they were being straight with me and I appreciated that."

"On Sunday I got to participate in the camp a little bit and work with the coaches which was a great experience. It really made me see how those guys work in practice. It's actually a lot like the way my high school coaches work with us. Everything is about hard work and effort. You can't afford to waste time or waste a rep because everything they do is designed to help you get better."

"Monday morning before I left I got to take the campus tour and see more of the school and the dorms and things like that. I also got a chance to meet with the coaches again before I left. This time it was more about them asking me questions and seeing what I thought about them and about the recruiting process. I liked that they were interested in what I had to say."

Rasco's mother, who made the trip with him to Tuscaloosa, came away particularly impressed with the facilities and the resources made available to students at Alabama.

"My mom was really surprised by what she saw. I don't think she knew much about Alabama before the visit but I know she wasn't expecting what she saw. I think the facilities, especially the academic center, really impressed her and I think it all just really made a strong impression on her."

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound defender said that he isn't ready to name any favorites just yet but hopes to have a more clear picture of his recruiting situation by the end of the summer.

"I'm going to Texas this weekend for a quick visit and I will probably take a few more visits this summer although I don't know where yet. I plan on having a top five by the end of the summer but right now I don't feel like I can put anybody in front of anybody else."

Rasco holds a 3.1 GPA and is the nation's No. 116 overall prospect.

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