"I have offers from Ole Miss and Tulsa," said Raven, "and Arizona said that they offered me, although I haven't received any paperwork yet. I met with (Ole Miss) coach Kim Dameron this spring and Memphis and LSU also visited. SMU's coach came and watched us practice recently and I feel like I did good in practice that day.
"I like Ole Miss, but I'm keeping my options open and I would be interested in a visit to SMU. I'm just keeping my eyes open right now and looking at everything. I'm looking for a school that fits my personality. I didn't grow up watching college football on TV. I have three sisters and a single mom and so we didn't watch much football."
Last year, Raven mostly played outside linebacker, but he's projected as a corner or safety on the next level.
"I played will linebacker as a junior and some safety," he said. "I was in the box because most of the teams we played were running teams. We have a lot of young guys on defense this year and we'll pretty much have a whole new defense."
For awhile, it appeared that Raven might not even play football in high school.
"I didn't play until last year," he said, "because of some residency issues. I went to Destrehan, but they said that I wasn't eligible because of where I was living. Then I went to Bonnabel. I had to sit out and so I had just decided that I was probably going to leave football alone. Once I got to East St. John, the coaches convinced me to play. Coach (Larry) Dauterive got me out there."