Seeing For Himself

Floyd Raven, a talented cornerback from East Saint John HS in Reserve, LA, has been watching Ole Miss since summer camps, but there were some things he had to resolve in his mind before committing to the Rebels, which he did over the weekend. Read about it inside.

Floyd Raven, a 6-2 175-pound cornerback with 4.48 speed, was infatuated with Ole Miss during the Rebels' senior camp back in June.

He started to commit to the Rebels when he was first offered then, but decided to let everything soak in.

When he got back home to Reserve, LA, however, what he heard from different sources was the old "Mississippi and Ole Miss" stories.

"Some people were telling me that black players didn't need to go to Ole Miss or to Mississippi in general," said Raven, "but I wanted to see things for myself. I knew I had a good time at camp, and didn't see those things they were talking about, but I wanted to watch the season unfold and take my official visit. During camp, all I got to see was the hotel and the IPF, so it was important to check out the whole campus and the people."

Floyd, who took an official visit to Texas A&M in October, brought his Mother and sisters to Ole Miss this weekend.

Everything was to their liking, and not as advertised back home, so he committed to the Rebels.

"After seeing Ole Miss for ourselves, my Mom and sisters and I felt like Ole Miss is the place I need to be," said Raven, who has a 3.86 GPA and a 24 on his ACT. "It was nothing like some of the people back home had portrayed it.

"Everyone is treated well. What was being said to me about Ole Miss is just not true. It was way better than even I expected. I talked to several black players for nearly four hours and I could see Ole Miss is a quality place for everyone. The players are very happy at Ole Miss."

Obviously, with the grades he has earned, academics are very important to Raven.

"The highlight of the trip for me was the academic facilities and the tutoring program. I really liked the teacher-to-student ratio being smaller than at most big schools. I feel like each student can get more individual attention and that's important to me," he noted. "I seriously considered SMU too because of academics, but Ole Miss gives me that type of quality academic opportunity too."

The commitment, it sounds like, was the easy part.

"I want to get out of the New Orleans area and out of Louisiana," he said. "It's nothing against my home, but I just want to experience new things from a new town, learn new things and expand, and it was obvious Oxford is a good fit for me that will allow me to do that."

Floyd, whose team went 9-1 before losing in the first round of the playoffs in 2010, said he didn't ask a lot of questions about football on his visit.

"This is the SEC. I am not looking for any guarantees. I know that anywhere you go in this league, you will have to compete," Raven said. "Watching Ole Miss during the year, though, I saw that corner is a position of need and that really was a turning point for me.

"All I really needed on my visit was to clear up that other issue, which was not really football-related."

Raven did like the style CB Coach Chris Vaughn presented to him in their football talks.

"I have a chance to be a playmaker in that system. That was attractive to me. Coach Vaughn likes to teach an attacking style and I think Ole Miss can help me reach the next level, like Marshay Green and Cassius Vaughn from two years ago," he added. "I like the situation I am coming into, but I understand I have a lot of hard work in front of me. It's going to be a challenge."

Cornerback is definitely a need area for the Rebels, but with Floyd Raven's commitment, the need just lessened.

"Tell everybody I said Hotty Toddy!," he closed.

Welcome, Floyd Raven.

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