Raymond, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound free safety at East Jefferson, sat out the past two seasons after first transferring from Lee High in Baton Rouge to Port Allen, and then later from Port Allen to East Jefferson.
“There is pretty much no film on him,” said East Jefferson head coach Nick Saltaformaggio. “We had to record him this spring and then give coaches the film from there. I even drove over to Baton Rouge this past week to pass out some more film.
“I know LSU really liked what they saw, and the coaches felt like they didn’t need to wait for camp to offer. They went ahead and got him on board now.”
Raymond, LSU’s 10th pledge for the 2012 class, is defensive backs coach Ron Cooper’s second cornerback commitment, a group that might not add many more names before next February.
“They said that they now have the two cornerbacks that they really want, and that’s me and then Dwayne Thomas from O.P. Walker,” he said. “I feel really good about it. I didn’t know whether to expect an offer or not, but I came over to Baton Rouge (Saturday) thinking that one might come.”
Raymond and his head coach spent the day with Cooper, recruiting coordinator Frank Wilson, and other recruits and current Tigers.
“It was a lot of fun for Derrick,” Saltaformaggio said. “They took us on a tour of the education center, and we were there a while. We went up to (Les Miles) office and talked for a little while. That’s when he talked about having now recruited two corners, and that he had one committed and the other one he wanted to offer now.
“He told Derrick that he now had a full financial aid scholarship to play at LSU, and that was it for Derrick.”
“I told coach Miles right then that I was in,” Raymond said.
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