LSU, Mississippi State, TCU, Nebraska and Arkansas are the five main schools still in contention. Raymond has already made his decision, and he will make it public in just two days.
Raymond is coming off an unofficial visit to LSU this past weekend. He was in attendance for the Tigers' 10-7 victory against Ole Miss, enjoying the electric atmosphere in Tiger Stadium that included fans storming the field.
The Tigers have long been considered the favorite for this New Orleans standout. His older brother, Derrick, played at LSU for two seasons before transferring to Southeastern Louisiana. Raymond has taken double-digit visits to Baton Rouge over the last couple years, and once LSU offered in May, they immediately jumped to the top of the list.
But Raymond made sure to explore all his options. He's taken three official visits this season, and those schools all made strong impressions.
His first official visit was to Nebraska on Sept. 20 when the Cornhuskers played Miami. Nebraska is very active in the New Orleans area, and Raymond admitted his trip to Lincoln exceeded expectations.
“Nebraska, it was way better than I expected,” Raymond said in an interview earlier this month. “When I went up there, I liked everything about it. It was a nice visit.
His next visit was to Mississippi State, witnessing the Bulldogs place themselves on the national landscape with a decisive victory against Texas A&M. From the cowbells to the fans and the game itself, Raymond said everything about that visit stood out.
"I couldn't even tell you what I liked best about the trip, because I liked everything," Raymond told Scout's Steve Robertson. "I had a great visit up there. "It was all good from the fans, to the coaches and the game."
His most recent official visit came two weeks ago to TCU, when the Frogs dismantled Oklahoma State on Homecoming weekend. TCU has produced some great cornerbacks like Jason Verrett, and that certainly has Raymond's attention.
“I liked everything about it; there was no disappointment,” Raymond told Scout's Horned Frog Blitz. “It was very nice. The best part about it was spending time with the coaches.”
Arkansas remains in contention as well, though Raymond hasn't yet taken an official visit to Fayetteville. He originally planned to visit there earlier this month but the Razorback coaches asked him to reschedule so his parents could join him. As of this week, he hadn't set a new date for that trip.
Raymond intends to enroll early at the school he chooses, and that decision will be announced Friday.
This has to be the BEST decision I've EVER made! ?? ??— Deshawn Raymond (@Greatness_7) October 29, 2014
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