There is a player who is one the radar screen for several Pac10 schools. This player was sidelined for much of his junior season with a chipped bone in his neck. He is now playing at 100% and having an outstanding senior season and his stock is on a definite rise.
The player in question is Phillip Rauscher (6-5, 237, 4.79) from Encinitas (Calif.) La Costa Canyon.
Getting his health back isn’t the only thing that has his recruitment buzzing. Rauscher is going through a growing spurt and has switched his position from middle linebacker to defensive end.
Good defensive linemen are always at a premium and Rauscher has taken to the position like a duck takes to water.
So far Rauscher’s senior season has been a good one. He has racked up 35 tackles, five sacks, two fumbles caused and one fumble recovery that he returned 32 yards for a touchdown.
Rauscher has been able to achieve his stats while fighting through double teams.
Rauscher’s recruitment has taken an upward turn. He has one offer on the table from hometown San Diego State and he will visit the Aztecs on December 13th. The Aztecs are Rauscher’s only visit at this time.
UCLA, USC, Arizona, ASU, Oregon, Washington and Navy join San Diego State unfailingly calling the Rauscher household on a weekly basis.
UCLA, USC and Navy are talking about tripping Rauscher but nothing is confirmed at this time.
Rauscher is impressing colleges with his senior season tape and like the fact that even though Rauscher is going through a growing spurt he hasn’t lost any quickness or coordination.
How is Rauscher’s injury affecting play if anything?
“I feel great,” Rauscher said. “The injury is completely healed. It feels great to play and compete again.”
What is Rauscher looking for in a college?
“The school’s history, success, coaching staff and how I can fit in with the team,” Rauscher said. “I want to be a teacher after my playing days are done so I want to a school with a good education program.”
Because Rauscher missed much of last season because of an injury, most of the colleges recruiting him are evaluating not one game tape but several.
Rauscher is a player whose stock is on the rise.