Raymond Chooses Frogs!
TCU added a huge commitment to their 2015 class on Friday night as Metairie (LA) East Jefferson cornerback Deshawn Raymond announced his commitment to the Frogs. Raymond becomes the 17th commitment for the Frogs 2015 class and third four-star, joining receiver J.F. Thomas and defensive end Breylin Mitchell. The 6-foot-1, 180-pounder is regarded as the nation’s No. 28 cornerback prospect. Raymond chose the Frogs over a final five that also included LSU, Arkansas, Nebraska and Mississippi State. For Raymond, TCU has been on his mind since he visited over the summer and once he visited again for an official, he knew the school had everything to offer. “During the summer, I’d been thinking about TCU,” Raymond said. “Then after I took my official, I looked into everything and it all just stood out to me. “It was everything I was looking for in a school. I can just call the coaches and you know they’re going to take care of you. And they’ve got a real good defense. I feel like I can fit their program and plus their academics played a major role too. Coach Patterson, I can call him just to chat, and my position coach, Coach Perry. We talk about a lot of stuff. We can just talk about anything outside of football.” While fans from different programs learned of Raymond’s decision on Friday, he actually gave TCU the good news on Tuesday. Needless to say, the coaching staff was excited, especially at landing a kid in LSU’s backyard. “They were excited. They really didn’t think they would be able to get me because I had an LSU offer, and that’s home, and my family ties with LSU,” he said. “Then I had offers from big schools in the SEC, but I know they’re excited because I’m a player they really want.” Raymond will have the chance to make an impact for the Frogs early in his career. Kevin White is a senior so the opportunity to replace him combined with depth made TCU even more intriguing. “Their depth chart is not very deep. They have Kevin White, but he’s a senior and he’s leaving,” he said. “So that’ll open up a spot for me.” As a big physical corner whose strength is man coverage, Raymond says TCU’s scheme on defense also stood out above the others. “They play a lot of man in their defense, and that’s my favorite coverage. I can fit them because of my style of play,” he said. “We can be one of the top defenses when I get there.” Cornerbacks at TCU have had success in Patterson’s defensive system, most recently was Jason Verrett who was drafted in the first round by San Diego in the 2014 NFL Draft. Raymond says Verrett’s impact at TCU also stood out, especially since he patterns his game after the former All-American corner. “That’s another big part of it too. He showed me I can come there and be a first-round corner for TCU as well,” Raymond said. Stealing a recruit out of LSU territory doesn’t happen often, especially when that recruit has family ties to the Tigers’ program. Raymond’s older brother, Derrick, played football for the Tigers. Raymond said he received good advice from his brother on the decision. “He told me to go to the best school for me,” he said. “He still loves LSU to death, but he wants what’s best for me, anywhere I go.” Raymond knows TCU isn’t extremely close to home but that’s not a big problem to him with family in the area. “I have a lot of family that lives in Texas, so if I need something they’ll be right around the corner. I mean it was a real hard decision, but TCU is where I felt at home.” As Raymond’s senior season is coming to an end, he’s reflected about how fast the whole process was; from the time he started becoming a big name to where he is now. He will soon leave his home and be a college student-athlete in just over two months. “It’s crazy. I like to search my name on Twitter and I scroll on the way down and find the first interviews I ever did. And now I’m about to go to college in a couple months,” he said. “It feels like I was just a freshman in high school” TigerSportsDigest.com writer Hunter Paniagua contributed to this report.
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