At one point Floyd Raven thought his recruitment process would be over before he played a game of his senior season.
The East St. John cornerback had offers from schools in the SEC, Big 12, Pac-10 and more, but he was – and still is – without a scholarship offer from LSU. After the summer months passed and no offer arrived, Raven decided that he would commit to either Texas A&M or Ole Miss.
When his anticipated decision date arrived, the nation’s 31st-ranked cornerback changed his tune.
“I decided to give it some more time so that other teams could get a look at me during my senior year,” Raven said. “The knock last season was that I played in the box a lot, so coaches wanted to get a look at me as a pure cornerback. I’ve had a strong start with a bunch of pass breakups, so hopefully that will be enough.”
The other hurdle was a hamstring injury that plagued the 6-foot-2, 180-pound cornerback throughout the summer camp period. While he made it in for LSU’s July camp session, Raven worked out for only one of the four days he was on campus. The rest of the time he was held out.
His competition was another story. Three defensive backs in attendance at the camp – Ronald Martin, David Jenkins and Jalen Collins – ended up committing to the Tigers. LSU also has pledges from Alonzo Lewis and Paul Turner, a pair of projected wide receivers that could move to defensive back if need be.
Where does that leave Raven?
For now, the Reserve, La. standout is willing to wait and see.
“LSU is definitely a school that I am trying to hear from, and the coaches had me come in this weekend for the game, which was nice,” Raven said. “The game was closer than expected, but they did what they had to do at the end. I had a great time. I’ve known LSU would be a good spot for me, so it was nothing new.
“The coaches are checking out video from our games so far, and I’m guessing that coach Frank (Wilson) or coach Cooper will be over to watch me play in person,” he added. “A lot of other coaches have come out already. Utah is a school that is just now starting to get after me, and I’m thinking about scheduling them for a visit. They sent coaches out to the school and everything.”
Though he hasn’t called coaches to make things official, Raven has a feel for how his visits will play out once his high school season ends.
“I would like to take some trips in December,” he said. “Ole Miss and Texas A&M are some places I will get out to. I’m still hoping to hear from some more schools, so it’s up in the air from here. If someone new comes into the picture, I’ll give them a look.”
Raven is the state’s top-ranked cornerback prospect, and he’s ranked as the fifth-best Louisiana prospect still uncommitted to a program. Though he has named a lead group of LSU, Ole Miss and Texas A&M, Raven doesn’t have a decision date in mind.