Tigers Pick Up Commitment From Big Athlete

Auburn added its first commitment of the weekend from this big two-way player.

Reserve, La.--Auburn picked up its 16th verbal commitment for the Class of 2004 on Sunday when big Korey Raymond from East St. John High announced his intention to become a Tiger. A 6-4, 260-pounder with good feet and quickness, he could play either defensive end or defensive tackle for the Tigers in the years to come.

"I got an offer this weekend and I committed," Raymond tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I really like the academic program. That's one area that helped me make my decision. It's also a good football team and I just like the town."

After taking official visits to Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Monroe this year, Raymond got a chance to visit Auburn over the weekend after getting back his test score and moving one step closer to becoming eligible. A fantastic athlete that his high school coach compares favorable to former East St. John player Kirston Pittman, Raymond excelled in his first season of football this year since playing as a ninth grader.

A standout basketball player, Raymond got a late start on his visit because of a basketball game Friday night. Averaging 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds per game for the 6-7 team, Raymond's athleticism is abundantly clear and his future in football is looking bright.

Hosted by fellow Louisiana native Kyle Derozan, Raymond says the visit went very well. Noting that they hung out with many current Tigers over the weekend including Carnell Williams and Ronnie Brown, Raymond says that nothing in particular stood out about the visit because everything was good.

"My visit went very well," Raymond says. "I like the people around there. I like the town, the university, everything."

Raymond says he plans to begin his Auburn career early by coming to the Plains in June to take classes and get a head start on the weight program.

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