We often hear of how recruiting is the life-blood of college football. It was a 3 year journey, beginning with his sensational sophomore year when Jermauria Rasco set a national record for sacks. Suddenly, he was on everybody's radar but with the national spotlight, came a struggle that no one expected.
It was suppose to be so much fun. Since he was a little boy terrorizing youth football fields all over Louisiana, it has been Jermauria Rasco's dream to play college football. It became their dream too; Mac Browns, Jimbo Fishers, Nick Saban and Les Miles, it was their dream to have him play for them and they poured it on.
On a visit to LSU, Les talked about his son's dream.
"He wants to play defense but between you and me, he is an offensive guard" says Les.
Jimbo Fisher came all the way from Tallahassee, "I wouldn't come this way unless I knew you could contribute to my team."
Mac Brown brought half the Texas coaching staff to Rasco's living room. "A lot of people have helped you and you have done well. You should be proud and puff your chest a lot" Brown said.
It was heavy stuff for a young man from Cedar Grove who had seen more than one empty refrigerator and heard the echo of gunfire. That was bad but constant phone calls and visits by coaches began to squeeze the joy from the game he had always loved.
"They selling a car, they tell you all this stuff you going to play early stuff like that. It doesn't seem I can trust anyone" Rasco said.
It would only get worse. The night before her son had to make the biggest decision of his life, Gwen Rasco was begging her son to stay home.
"I know you will do great where ever you go but it would be so bad for your mother to want to have her baby for a few more years."
He flashes that famous grin but underneath, there is great turmoil. Did he make the right decision?
"There were times, being human, he wanted to give up. There were times I wanted him to give up but as a parent, I could not do that" says Gwen.
In his first two seasons at LSU, there are flashes of greatness but Jermauria is playing behind to NFL draft picks and he spends most of his time on the bench. But, with his patience, has come wisdom.
"If I had gone to any other university, I would not know what I know about football now" says Rasco.
What he knows is that Saturday night, in Cowboy Stadium, Jermauria Rasco will be the starting left defensive end for LSU and his dream will be real.
|AUG 31||8:00pm CDT||TCU|
|SEP 7||6:00pm CDT||UAB|
|SEP 14||6:00pm CDT||Kent St.|
|SEP 28||TBA||at Georgia|
|OCT 5||TBA||at Mississippi St.|
|OCT 19||TBA||at Ole Miss|
|NOV 9||TBA||at Alabama|
|NOV 23||TBA||Texas A&M|
|NOV 29||1:30pm CDT||Arkansas|