Penn State dipped under the radar to land the commitment of Rahway (N.J.) High athlete Donte Raymond…
Raymond Explains Penn State Commitment
The recruitment of Rahway (N.J.) High linebacker Donte Raymond was lightning quick for Penn State. So much so the 6-foot-1, 205-pounder said he will a January official visit to make sure he feels at home in Happy Valley, a place he visited once, when he camped in June. Raymond committed to the Nittany Lions without having met coach Bill O'Brien, but the two spoke on the phone earlier this week. "I told coach O'Brien I'd like to come and take a visit," Raymond said. "He was really excited to have me up. At the camp I didn' have time to meet him. I was kind of shocked because it's Bill O'Brien, but he's a good guy when I talked to him on the phone." Raymond was being recruited by former linebackers coach Ron Vanderlinden, but has since spoken to O'Brien about why the Nittany Lions remained highly interested in the former Delaware commit. "They said they liked me at the summer camp, and the watched my (senior) film and they told me they liked it a lot," Raymond said. "They like me as a linebacker. Overall, I think I can play with speed and athleticism. They like my motor. I run 100 (percent) on the field." When Raymond was on campus in June, he was able to see the football facilities but didn't venture anywhere on campus. "I liked the facilities and stuff, but I haven't been around the campus (much) so I have to visit it," he said. "I know a little bit about it, but I have to learn more. I'm supposed to take a visit Jan. 17. I'm looking to see the coaches and how interested they are in me, the atmosphere, and see how things run there. "I want to talk to the players and how they act toward the coaches, and the team chemistry." As a senior, Raymond registered more than 50 tackles (seven sacks) and forced four fumbles.
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