Signee To Begin Career At Junior College

One of Auburn's signees will be forced to begin his career at a junior college.

Scooba, Miss.–-After failing to qualifying academically for the 2004 season, Auburn signee Korey Raymond is expected to enroll at East Mississippi Community College today to play football in the junior college ranks before returning to the Tigers.

A 6-4, 270-pounder that was expected to play tight end for the Tigers this fall, Raymond was a standout his senior season at East St. John High in Reserve, La. After sitting out his junior season after transferring schools, Raymond finished his senior year with 63 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, eight quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries. He also averaged 14.5 points and 12.5 rebounds as a member of the basketball team.

Raymond while working out on the Auburn campus this summer.

Expected to qualify after obtaining the necessary grades the final semester of his senior season, Raymond had already moved to Auburn over the summer and worked out with his though-to-be future teammates. Just before the start of fall practice Raymond got word that his grades would need some work in order to be eligible on the Division I level.

Raymond's failure to qualify makes two out of Auburn's signee class to be academically ineligible, joining Chattanooga's Greg Smith. Smith is also beginning his career at a junior college.

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