"I had all of [Rought's] stats printed out and hung them in my room," said Raymond. "Unfortunately we didn't go far enough in the playoffs. If we had, I would have broken the record easily."
Raymond's high school squad got bounced in the first round of the state playoffs, thus leading to him finishing his prep career a mere 119 yards short of the all-time mark. For Raymond, it was a disappointment, but he felt that he showed what he can do and feels he's primed for a future in Division I football.
"I can play," said Raymond, who was named All-State in each of his three seasons at Jordan. "I think I proved that I can compete against anyone, and I'll continue to try and prove that."
Raymond finished this past year with 86 receptions for 1,159 yards and 14 touchdowns, to go along with about 400 yards rushing and three rushing touchdowns. But Raymond didn't just clock in on the offensive side of the ball, as he was used on almost every down on the defensive side of the ball.
"I was our team's leading tackler with 97 tackles," said Raymond. "I played a lot of outside linebacker and safety. They moved me around a lot. I played every rep on both sides of the ball."
So far, college recruiters have taken notice. Although he's yet to receive his first Division I scholarship offer, Raymond has received consistent attention from such schools such as BYU, Utah State and Texas Tech.
"BYU has contacted me a lot and I've spoken a lot with Coach Doman," said Raymond. "He's very upfront and has told me that three things can happen: that I could wait it out and still possibly get a scholarship, I could join the team as a preferred walk-on, or just go through the regular walk-on process. They want me to play at BYU, and hopefully something opens up."
Raymond said he's very confident that he's worthy of a Division I scholarship, having excelled at his position against every competitor he's gone against.
"I want to get offered for sure," said Raymond. "I know that I can play at schools like BYU, Texas Tech and other schools and do really well. Hopefully they realize that and I'll get that offer."
Raymond does hold a scholarship offer from Snow College and will strongly consider that offer if something else doesn't open up.
"I know that a lot of players at Snow go on to get Division I offers," said Raymond. "Both of the receivers this year are going to play Division I next year, so signing with Snow is an option I'll consider."
Raymond likely won't be making his final decision until after he serves his planned LDS church mission, which he'll embark on this coming September. Upon his return, Raymond will reevaluate his options and then go from there.
"I really want to play for either BYU or Texas Tech," said Raymond. "They both play wide-open offensive styles which I think I'd fit in well with. I want to get college paid for obviously, so that's really important for me."
Raymond is well aware of the situation at BYU and will keep in constant contact with BYU coaches up until signing day.
"I know they have some offers out to some big name recruits," said Raymond. "If they don't pan out, then maybe something will open up. Hopefully it does, since I'd love to play for BYU. If it doesn't, then I'll check out what other options I have. I have a long time until I make my final decision since I'll be leaving for my mission, so we'll just see what happens."