Okla. senior puts faith before football

And one by one, the calls would stop.

It wasn't his talent. He's a two-star recruit, an All-Metro offensive lineman.

It wasn't his size. He's 6-foot-6 and 286 pounds with long arms.

But Rawlinson wasn't willing to give up a two-year mission trip with his church to pursue a life-long mission of playing college football, so coaches weren't willing to give him a scholarship.

"I don't know if they could quite get it," Rawlinson said. "It's not a normal thing."

Maybe not for college recruiters, but it's common for Mormons.

Rawlinson grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His dad, Randy, is a bishop with the church, and Rawlinson has helped lead youth events in high school.
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