Deshawn Raymond in crunch time

Deshawn Raymond has taken two of four official visits he has scheduled, and he's nearing a final decision

METAIRIE — One of LSU’s top uncommitted prospects is getting very close to making his decision.

Deshawn Raymond has taken two of his four scheduled official visits, and with plans to enroll early at the college he chooses, he’s in the midst of crunch time. He’s already tripped to Nebraska and Mississippi State with TCU and Arkansas on the schedule.

LSU’s still in the running as well, and Raymond is just enjoying every second of his official visits.

“I liked everything about them,” he said after his game Friday night. “I know when it comes down to making my decision, it’ll be a hard choice…[These visits are] really helpful. I suggest to everyone that’s being recruited should take all their officials. Because some schools aren’t what you think. I wasn’t expecting Nebraska to be as good as it was. When I went up there, they shocked me a lot.”

Raymond was in Lincoln on Sept. 20 for the Cornhuskers’ victory against Miami.

“Nebraska, it was way better than I expected,” Raymond said. “When I went up there, I liked everything about it. It was a nice visit.

Next up was Mississippi State, the first SEC program to extend him an offer. He saw the Bulldogs launch themselves onto the national scene with a dominant win against Texas A&M, and the wild environment in Starkville left a big impression.

“Mississippi State, it was two SEC schools going at it,” Raymond said. “It was just a good experience. I loved the atmosphere. It was crazy. Nobody claps in Starkville. They just ring the cowbells. I’d never heard anything like that before.”

Raymond originally planned to visit Arkansas this past weekend, but the Razorback coaches asked him to reschedule so his parents could join him. Raymond went alone to Nebraska and with his uncle to Mississippi State. He doesn’t yet have a new date set for the trip to Fayetteville.

TCU will be the next school to host Raymond this coming weekend when the Horned Frogs play Oklahoma State. He’s “just expecting to have a good time,” and he’s looking forward to spend more time around the coaches from both TCU and Arkansas on these official visits.

Then there’s LSU. No school has received more visits from Raymond than the home-state Tigers. He’s been around that program for years dating back to when his older brother Derrick was getting recruited.

Raymond hasn’t yet been to a game this season though, and he doesn’t intend to take an official visit to Baton Rouge before he makes his decision. He said he’ll likely attend one or both of the Ole Miss or Alabama games in Tiger Stadium.

Raymond will be ready to make his final decision once he wraps up his official visit to Arkansas. There’s been plenty of speculation as to who presently leads for his commitment, but Raymond’s keeping an open mind while he goes through his visits.

“Everyone keeps asking about my leader,” Raymond said, “but I’m just ready to take all my officials and get it over with.”

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