Revels Is a JUCO LB To Keep An Eye On

After a solid freshman season for Lackawanna last year, LB Raynard Revels (6-1, 230) will likely be one of the top JUCO linebackers on the market this summer and fall. caught up with the talented defender recently and he updated us on where things stand on the recruiting front and what it is that he does best on the football field...

"I played defensive end in high school, so I am probably at my best rushing the quarterback," Revels admitted to "When I got here, I had to learn to stand up and that took a little while. I redshirted (in 2011) and then this past year, after only learning for a year on how to play linebacker, I played outside and felt like I did it all pretty well, but if you asked me what I do best, it's rush the quarterback."

As proof that he knows where his "bread is buttered", Revels led the Falcons in sacks this past season with eight while also posting 44 tackles to go along with 11.5 tackles-for-loss, a forced fumble and a pass breakup, earning him Second Team All-Northeast Conference honors.

"My coaches used me in a lot of different ways," Revels said. "I was a standup pass-rusher, I put my hand down and rushed from a true defensive end spot and I came on delayed blitzes too. I also dropped into coverage some and that was all new to me, so that's something that I'm definitely working on a lot this year."

On the recruiting front, Revels has been hearing from one FBS program and his coaches have told him that more have inquired about his services.

"Temple is the school I've talked to and my coaches said they have shown a lot of interest in me. They also said a bunch of other schools are going to come in and look at me this spring, so this spring will be important for me," Revels said.

Revels enjoyed a very nice prep career at Hermitage (Henrico, Va.) High School, but his grades held him back and he opted to sign with Lackawanna after he graduated.

"It was sorta a wake-up call for me. It showed me that I needed to get it done in the classroom in order for me to keep playing ball," Revels admitted. "It's sorta a second chance for me and I'm not going to let this one pass me by.

"I really liked the coaches here and they always kept in touch with me and showed me that they really liked me and that they wanted me to be part of the program here."

Revels is on pace to graduate in December and he will have two years to play two following the 2014 season.

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