The 6-5 295 pound offensive tackle made it official on last week by giving his pledge to the Arkansas Razorbacks. Rathcke wasted no time realizing where he wanted to spend his next 3-4 years after getting offered by the Razorbacks on his visit October 27th. “One of the main things that stood out to me about Arkansas was the people,” Rathcke said. “I loved seeing how well the coaching staff works together & how genuine they are. The whole staff is very organized & the facilities are amazing there.” Arkansas gets it’s second commitment from a Louisiana prospect in the last two weeks after 4 star cornerback Devin Bush committed to the Razorbacks on his official visit this past weekend.
The 3 star offensive tackle has continued to take his game to another level each year, which led to a number of schools offering after his junior year. “I’ve been blessed to have great coaches & trainers from youth football all the way to high school,” Rathcke said. “They all taught me a great foundation. I’ve never had a offseason & each year I set new goals for myself. After every season I watched film on myself to see what I was weak at & then I would focus on that for the upcoming season.” Rathcke currently holds offers from Kentucky, Louisville, Colorado St, Tulane, Southern Miss, UAB, & a host of others.
Rathcke is one of many from University Lab that will be taking their talents to a power 5 school come next fall. Most notable (Jordan Clark - Arizona St, Christian Harris - Texas A&M, Michael Hollins - Virginia, Byron Constantin- Clemson, Makiya Tongue - Georgia). “Going to U-High was best decision me & my family could’ve ever made,” Rathcke said. “The people at U-High are amazing educators & coach Mahaffey demands your best on & off the field. We produce a lot of talent & college coaches know there’s always going to be talent here. I really owe my success & all the exposure I’ve gotten to U-High.”
Rathcke possesses NFL size already & it’s going to be interesting to see how much bigger this kid gets once he gets to Fayetteville. “My biggest goal when I get to Arkansas is to get bigger in the weight room,” Rathcke said. “I can’t wait to use those facilities so I can work with coach Carroll to get stronger & faster. Coach Carroll told my parents that they won’t recognize me in 5 months.” And with three senior offensive lineman leaving after this year, Rathcke will have all the opportunity in the world to play as a true freshman & contribute.
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