Raymond Nets First SEC Option

Cornerback Deshawn Raymond learned a lot about the recruiting process by watching his older brother, Derrick Raymond, make his own college decision two years ago. Now an LSU Tiger, Derrick has done his best to prepare his younger brother for the ups and downs of the college selection process. While the two are very close, there is the possibility that they wind up on opposite sidelines in college.

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"I have eight or nine offers so far," reported Raymond. "Mississippi State is my newest offer."

The Bulldogs pulled the trigger on their tender last week.

"I was talking with the DBs coach (Deshea Townsend) and he told me that the whole staff up there loved me and that they were offering me," explained Raymond. "He said that he likes long corners like me and that he would love to have me."

It appears that the Bulldogs' cornerback boss made a positive impression on the rising senior.

"I know a lot of coaches talk about getting to the NFL, but he's done it before," said Raymond of Townsend. "Everybody knows who he is already.

"He's a young coach too and I believe he would be a good coach to play for."

Mississippi State is not the only SEC program in the hunt for the East Jefferson standout.

"I had the chance to go visit Auburn last weekend when I went out there for the NIKE camp," said Raymond. "I liked it out there and I like Coach (Melvin) Smith a lot.

"He keeps it real with you and he told me that he likes to play bigger corners too.

"They haven't offered me yet, but Coach Smith says that he wants all of the other defensive coaches to see me before they offer me."

Raymond reports that Auburn is standing out despite the fact that an offer has not materialized just yet.

The three star corner reports that he is undecided about a time frame for a decision, but he has given the topic some discussion.

"I was talking with my brother about everything and I told him I was thinking about committing before the summer," said Raymond. "He told me that it would be best to wait a little while, at least through the summer.

"Right now I am thinking about making my decision before my senior year, but I am not completely sure about that."

Raymond currently holds offers from Florida State, Houston, Mississippi State, TCU and Tulane among others.

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