Colleges know about DeShawn Raymond. It doesn't much matter that he hasn't been given a star rating or a ranking at this early juncture. Major schools have already found the Metairie (La.) East Jefferson defensive back and most are moving forward with their pursuit.
Florida State has already offered Raymond a scholarship. Kansas State has done the same. And new interest? Well, that seems to be arriving weekly. Raymond is even preparing to take some visits.
"I'm taking a junior day to Kansas State," Raymond said. "I'm thinking about camping at Oklahoma State and UCLA, too. UCLA is pretty far, but I'm going to try to get there for sure,"
Raymond lists six offers in total for the time being, and other schools are mulling making things official as well. It's early in his recruitment. His offer list will grow, and his opinions may change many times. For now, though, he has a pair of frontrunners.
"I'd say Kansas State and Florida State are standing out," Raymond said. "In a way, Florida State reminds me of my highs school. Everyone doubted them but they won the Championship anyway, like us. And Kansas State, it's a really nice school. I'm kind of feeling them."
Oklahoma State, which is also heavily involved in Raymond's recruitment continues to mull pulling the trigger on an offer. Raymond expects to force its hand with a solid performance at the Cowboys' camp later this offseason. See, for now, the 6-foot-1 defensive back is concerned with collecting offers. Still, his desire to rack up plenty of options doesn't mean he's in any rush to make a decision.
"I'm going to let the recruiting process go on for a while," he said. "I don't want to say my decision until after my senior year."
Raymond prefers to play cornerback but is being recruited primarily as a safety. He says any school willing to let him play cornerback could gain a leg up in the process.