Coach Says AU Leads For Big Guy With Big Potential

Fast, big and strong describes this football prospect who is planning to visit Auburn this weekend.

Reserve, La.--If Auburn gets a commitment from a scheduled visitor this weekend, it will be the recruiting "steal of the century" says East St. John High coach Larry Dauterive.

The coach has those comments about 6-4, 260-pound, 4.8 defensive end Korey Raymond, who is scheduled to take a visit to Auburn this weekend.

"This guy is an untapped volcano just waiting to explode," says Dauterive, who has coached 35 years in the high school, college and Canadian Football League where he coached Doug Flutie.

"Auburn is sending a jet in here on Friday night after his basketball game to pick him up and if Coach Tuberville likes him they are going to offer him a scholarship," Raymond's coach says. "He will certainly pass the look test. He is just a tremendous athlete who hadn't played football for a full year since his freshman season. He transferred to our school and had to sit out of football until he was a senior. He came out for football in August and did a great job."

Korey Raymond

Dauterive says that a lot of big-time programs had expressed an interest earlier, but backed off because they were concerned about Raymond's academic status. However, the coach says that his player improved his ACT score to 16 and is on track to have a qualifying core grade point average. "He's going to make it academically and Auburn is going to be rewarded for its persistence," he says. "Greg Knox stayed with Korey when other big schools backed off. We have Corey on the right track academically. He is just a phenomenal athlete who is going to be a great catch. There is no doubt in my mind he is an SEC player.

"Coach Nall (Auburn offensive coordinator Hugh Nall) has been down here twice to see him. He watched him play basketball and can see that Korey is a fluid, graceful athlete. We had two players on our team last year that signed with big-time programs. Vegas Franklin went to Miami and Kirston Pittman went to LSU and played there as a true freshman. Korey is a better athlete than either one of those guys." Pittman was rated as a four-star defensive end last year by at No. 7 nationally while Franklin was also rated as a four-star defensive and No. 16 nationally.

Auburn has had some inside info on Raymond throughout the recruiting process. Tiger QB coach Steve Ensminger's brother Brian is on the coaching staff at East St. John.

A standout this season at both tight end and defensive end after transferring from Destrehan High in the middle of his sophomore season, that made him ineligible for football for a full year, which effectively cut out his junior season as well. He returned as a senior with a vengeance and quickly caught the attention of several schools.

"Supposedly, when I come up there they are going to offer me and I'll take it," Raymond tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "Auburn is my leader right now with Louisiana-Monroe and Louisiana Tech my other schools. They have both offered."

Raymond notes that he was rusty when he got back on the football field. "I picked up on everything pretty good," he says of his return as a senior. "At first when I got in games it was tough, but every game I got a little better."

Raymond is the starting center on the East St. John High team and is currently averaging 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game. He says he spent much of the last two seasons concentrating on basketball because he couldn't get back on the football field. Once he returned to the gridiron he quickly let his athletic ability take over.

"Sometimes I feel like it's my strength," Raymond says of what he does the best at defensive end. "Some games I feel like my technique helps me out."

More evidence of his athleticism is his ability in a third sport. He threw the discus 170 feet as a junior.

"In addition to being a great athlete, Korey is a good kid, too," Dauterive says. "My guess is that he will be a player who is redshirted his first year in college because he played so little football in high school. He is such a great athlete and so strong he can play a number of positions. He squats 620 and bench presses 345. He could be an offensive lineman, a tight end or a defensive in college. He runs very well. The sky is the limit for Korey."

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