Well the answer is yes, and he was named after a former SWC football player. But it wasn't Doak Walker - it was his grandfather Doak Raulston, who played Quarterback for the University of Texas.
"I'm the 4th "Doak" in the Raulston family. It's a family name but everyone thinks I'm named after Doak Walker. Either way I have big shoes to fill."
Raulston has a pretty good start on filling those shoes. He's rated a 3 Star prospect by Scout and is the #77 Quarterback in the country. The 6-2 private school star has a strong arm and can make all the throws. Holding just one offer right now from Air Force, Raulston has also gotten considerable interest from schools like Rice, Vanderbilt, Utah, SMU, Kansas State, Houston, and Louisiana Tech. He will be traveling to Ruston tomorrow for a camp at La. Tech and told me they will be offering when he does.
Perhaps in any other year Raulston would have more offers – but the fact remains that he's a player with a nice upside in any year.
Doak told me has run a 4.61 forty at his school. He also clocked a 4.38 second shuttle. Raulston measures 6-2 185 right now but may end up being bigger in college.
"My grandfather was over 6-3 and doctors have told me my growth plates show I will grow some more, possibly another 2 inches."
Doak's number from last year support his self evaluation pretty well. He rushed for 255 yards on 68 carries and 4 TDs, but passed for 1,556 yards in All Saints' Spread offense, completing 76 of 143 passes for a 53% completion rate. Raulston numbers weren't gaudy by any means, but efficient? By all means. He threw 17 Touchdowns with only 4 interceptions.
"I think my strengths as a Quarterback are my accuracy and my leadership. I'm probably more of a passer, but I'm fast enough to get in and out of the pocket and run a little bit when I need to."
Raulston has a talented cast of Receivers coming back to All Saints this fall and he expects his team to contend for a state championship.
"We've got Hutson (Prioleau, an A&M commit at TE) and a couple of other transfers at Receiver so we should be able to move the ball. Not many people can match up against Hutson." He's right - Prioleau measures 6-5 240 and has run in the low 4.6's. He too is a Rice target.
All Saints took 3rd place in the recent State Private School 7-on-7 Tournament held at Greenville.
I asked Raulston about recruiting and this is what he had to say.
"I wouldn't say I really have any favorites right now. I'm just going through the process waiting to see who is going to step forward with serious interest in me. I've been to a few camps this summer. I feel like I've done pretty well at some of them, so we'll see what happens."
Raulston attended the Rice Mini Camp in Arlington earlier in the summer where he made a good impression on the Rice staff. And vice versa.
"I like all the Rice coaches and I had a good time at their camp. Coach Herman gave me some pointers on my throwing mechanics and I enjoyed working with him there."
Asked what he was looking for in a school, Raulston said, "Academics, atmosphere, and chemistry. I don't expect to play as a freshman – I know that I will need to go into a program and learn the system, work hard, and compete for a chance to lead the team."
Sounds like a good fit for Rice.