TSD: Floyd Raven is a kid that has experienced a late rise not just in recruiting but also on the field. Catch everyone up on his background.
Dauterive: He spent his freshman year at Bonnabel (Kenner, La.) and he switched over to Destrehan during his 10th grade year. Right before his junior year he came over here to East St. John, and he’s been on board with us since.
TSD: He was twice ruled ineligible for living outside the required zone, thus keeping him off the football field in both his freshman and sophomore years. Talk about his transition to becoming part of a program.
Dauterive: I had to go take him out of a classroom one day just to get him onto the team. He had decided to give up on the idea of football after he wasn’t allowed to play at Destrehan two years ago. I asked him if he would come out and give it a try, and he hasn’t turned back.
TSD: What kind of player is Raven?
Dauterive: He’s kid that will make a great college cornerback, and he’s big – 6-foot-2, - so coaches love that he can move like he does. He is fast and can turn his hips well, a 4.4 speed guy who has a 4.1 pro shuttle and 37” vertical. The only thing holding him back is that he doesn’t know the game. It’s all untapped potential.
People that see him on the hoof and watch him run at 17 years old, they see him getting to 6-foot-3. Then you look how long he is, but he only wears size nine shoes. The feet fit the body, and he doesn’t move like a lanky kid. He looks natural at corner, which is why so many coaches are coming after him.
TSD: Talk about his 2009 season.
Dauterive: He’s a corner, but we played him at linebacker and free safety because he is such a good tackler. He had a good number of tackles even though he was out for a few games. I think that even though he doesn’t have much game film at cornerback, he shows what he can do when you work him out in a camp setting.
TSD: Floyd camps at Texas A&M this weekend and then will be in Baton Rouge for July 18. Do you expect the heat on his recruitment is about to turn up?
Dauterive: Definitely. Arizona, Memphis, Tulsa and Ole Miss have all offered. I expect that Texas A&M will do the same this weekend, and I figure him to pick up an offer from coach (Les) Miles after that. He’s a guy you don’t want to miss on. He’s got the 2.9 GPA and 16 on the ACT, and he’s only taken it once. He’s on track for big things.