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Interest picks up for Raymond

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Metarie (La.) East Jefferson standout defensive back DeShawn Raymond has had no issues staying busy. There is track, he got his state championship ring, and there is always recruiting.
The 6-foot, 180-pound defender holds offers from the likes of TCU, Florida State, Kansas State, and Mississippi State and most recently he picked up an offer from the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
Since receiving the offer New Orleans prospects and future Cornhuskers Jaevon Walton and Kendall Bussey have been letting him know all about Lincoln. However, the Nebraska coaches and his friends are not the only ones letting him know about life at Nebraska.
"I like Nebraska," Raymond said. "My brother went on his recruiting trip, him and my uncle. They were telling me what to expect and how they liked it. Now I'm excited about it. I'm excited to take my trip there too. And I want to have a real good relationship with the coaches because that's a school I really like."
The Cornhuskers are not the only offer Raymond has received recently with the Georgia Bulldogs also stepping to the table.
"When I went up there I didn't get to stay too long," Raymond said. "I want to go back. It was a big offer for me. When I got that offer I knew my hard work was paying off because that's a big SEC school and that offer holds a lot of weight. I like Georgia."
Of all the teams to offer, one program has been recruiting him harder than anyone.
"I think TCU is because I talk to them a lot," Raymond say. "They're one of the coaches I talk to on Twitter. Coach Glasgow came to my school. I think they're coming the hardest."
LSU, Oklahoma State, Missouri, and Arkansas are a few of the programs continuing to show significant interest, with the LSU Tigers making a strong push.
"LSU, I think they'll be my next offer," Raymond said. "After the track meet I talked to coach Frank (Wilson). He told me to call him. He invited me to their pic-nic, and that he would enjoy talking more at the pic-nic. He told me good job and that can't wait to see me in Baton Rouge for the pic-nic."
The Tigers are recruiting Raymond as a safety, and he is more than willing to play it, but he does prefer cornerback.
"It's not much of a big deal," Raymond said. "I would rather play corner than safety, but wherever they need me I'll play. But most likely I want to play corner in college because I think I have that position down packed."
At this point, Raymond does not have his visit and camp plans scheduled. The interest and new offers has caused him to re-evaluate his plans as well as his decision making process.
"I think I'm going to start looking into everything towards the beginning of the summer," Raymond said. "There's a lot of school that have come by that I'm excited about and I can't choose all of them."
While he is not sure about where he will go, he does know what he is looking for in a future college home.
"First I look at the depth chart to see who's leaving and who's coming back and if I have a chance," Raymond said. "And I look at their academics. What diploma has a lot of weight. That's the type of stuff I look at."
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