Raymond hopes to make his mark on LSU

2015 DB Deshawn Raymond already has four offers, but there's one in particular he'd like to add to his list in the next week. He'll take part in LSU's Elite Camp with hopes of following in his brother's legacy with the Tigers.

Deshawn Raymond would love to follow in his brother's footsteps, but at the same time, he wants to make his own mark.

That's what he'll try to do next week at LSU's Elite Camp, which runs from July 14-17 with a 7-on-7 tournament on July 20. Raymond, a 2015 DB, plans to attend each day with hopes of landing an offer.

"My main goal is to show them what I can do," he said. "And leave there with an offer."

An offer from LSU would be a dream come true for Raymond. He grew up rooting for the Tigers, and he's spent a lot of time on campus, visiting his brother Derrick, a rising sophomore on the team.

"LSU is a dream school," Raymond said. "I always pictured myself in Tiger Stadium. I just want to make plays there."

Raymond camped at LSU last summer, heading into his sophomore season at East Jefferson. Raymond's looking forward to competing against the other juniors and seniors this time around and expects a lot of talent on the other side of the ball.

"I'm looking forward to the competition," Raymond said. "LSU recruits a lot of great receivers, so I'm just ready to get on the field against them. The 1-on-1's against those receivers, that's what I'm waiting on."

At 6-foot-1, 180 pounds, Raymond already has good size for a defensive back. While he plays mostly corner at EJHS, Raymond has the build to potentially fit at a number of different positions in the secondary.

He also has one trait that seems to run in the Raymond family — speed. Raymond competed on EJHS' 4x400 relay team, finishing fourth in the state meet this year. He also clocked a personal best of 49.5 seconds in the 400-meter.

But he considers himself a more polished defender as well, learning the trade from his brother.

"I'm very aggressive and passionate," Raymond said. "I'm good at knocking receivers off their route. I have pretty good ball skills and I'm good at open-field tackling…Derrick's more explosive than I am, but I think I'm more physical than he is."

Raymond has camped at Ole Miss, Louisiana Tech and Tulane this summer, and he currently has four offers — Tulane, Houston, Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State. Raymond hopes he can add LSU to that list.

"I would be happy if I got that offer," he said. "It would mean a lot. For my dream school to offer me, I'd have a chance to make my dreams come true. That would be a big offer. It would be hard to turn down."

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