Cape Coral, Fla. (Mariner HS)
The Particulars -- First-team all-state defensive lineman in Class 4A ... named all-area Defensive Player of the Year by the Fort Myers News-Press ... also named first-team all-district and all-conference ... nominated to play in the Kerrigan All-Star Classic ... tallied 24 sacks and over 100 tackles from his defensive end position as a senior ... also blocked two punts, forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles ... ran for 341 yards and four touchdowns ... team was a playoff qualifier, finishing 8-4 ... all-district and all-conference selection as a junior ... coached by Robert Butz.
Seals' scouting report – Can't argue with the numbers Raven put up as a senior. He will be one of the fastest linebackers ever signed by the Cyclones, and is also one of the most fundamentally sound. His time spent working out with Spires is a big reason Raven is ahead of the curve. He provides an immediate upgrade to the speed of this defense.
ISU assistant coach DeMontie Cross -- "Playing defensive end, it will be a bit of a transition for him to move to linebacker. But with his athleticism we feel that he can come in and do a great job. What you love about him is his shiftiness and quickness, which allowed him to accumulate so many sacks. The transition from high school football to college is a major difference, but we hope that quickness and agility can produce some of the same results here."
Short-term outlook – Defensive coaches prefer Raven as a linebacker, and if he's able to add the necessary strength and size between now and training camp he could play a role as a freshman. Raven's speed will certainly make it difficult to keep him off the field early in his career.