"I got a chance to tour all of Minnesota's facilities and campus, and I got to talk with and get to know the whole coaching staff," Florida corner Raheem Layne said to GopherIllustrated. "Minnesota's campus was beautiful and great, and their facilities are top of the line, and the new weight room being built is just going to make it even better. My mother came with me on the trip, and she was impressed just like I was."
"I enjoyed going to the game on Saturday and the atmosphere was great too," Layne explained to Scout.com. "My host for the visit was linebacker Kamal Martin and he was great. He's playing as a true freshman too, and his message to me was about how good it was in Minnesota and that I would have a great chance to play as a true freshman as the Gopher coaches play the best players. I talked the most with defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel, and he's very excited to have me as they're losing some defensive backs after this season, so I will have a high chance to play early, and that definitely helped me make my decision to commit. I committed Sunday morning at head coach Tracy Claeys' house as I just felt like it was the right place for me to be at. It felt like home, so I committed.”
Layne is very excited to be a Golden Gopher.
"Minnesota was really the first big-time school to show interest in me, and them being the first to offer me meant a lot. Coach Reeves came down and meant what he said when he told me he'd have the staff look at my film. He sent my film back and stayed in touch with me. I kind of knew they were gonna offer me, so when they did, I was just grateful that someone was giving me a chance to show them what I can do. Sawvel told me I could play corner or safety when I get there, as it depends on how I look at both, but I plan on playing corner to start at Minnesota. Sawvel also told me that, "if you don’t want to come to the NFL, don’t come here,", and I'm hoping to potentially have that shot like other Gopher defensive backs had."