At 6-foot-2, 180-pounds, Floyd Raven’s size is one of the first things college coaches mention when they evaluate him.
“They just haven’t ever seen someone that is my height move like I can at cornerback,” Raven said. “This past weekend at Ole Miss, coach (Houston) Nutt was telling me that I had some of the best hips for a big corner that he had seen. Everyone seems like they are starting to come after me once they see me work out.”
“Those guys are supposed to be some of the best receivers that Ole Miss is looking at, and I shut every one of them down,” Raven said. “They were definitely some talented guys, but I was in my groove. Once I’m playing like that, not many people can get past me.”
Raven’s confidence in his abilities stemmed from his quick rise on the football scene, which took root with a strong showing at the New Orleans Scout Combine in April 2009.
Running with the likes of Trovon Reed and Jarvis Landry, the rising junior impressed enough to earn the label of top-five performer among the underclassmen. Landry, Anthony Johnson, La’el Collins and Greg Robinson, all of whom became big targets for the LSU staff, joined Raven on the list.
Ironically, prior to the performance, Raven hadn’t played a down of high school football.
“I wasn’t anything before that, so I don’t even know if I had anywhere to go but up,” he said.
A year later, Raven has picked up five scholarship offers, including the likes of Ole Miss, Memphis and Arizona.
At next month’s Les Miles Football Camp, he plans to add LSU to the list.
“(Defensive backs) Coach (Ron) Cooper really likes what I bring to the field, and he has me thinking that a strong camp will get me the offer I’m wanting,” Raven said. “I’m coming over to Baton Rouge to shut it down, because I want to be one of the in-state guys to get an offer.”
If the Tigers pull the trigger, could Raven do the same?
“It’s definitely a possibility,” he said. “Ole Miss asked me to commit to them this past weekend, but I told them I needed to go to LSU and see what their coaches were thinking first. I can’t say if I would commit on the spot or anything, but LSU would definitely be up top for me.”