Commit Capsules: John Raymon

February 14, 2011

Written by Jon Miller

John Raymon
Defensive End
Council Rock North High School
Richboro, PA
6-5/240
Scout.com Profile | Rivals.com Profile

OFFERS: Iowa, Illinois, Maryland, NC State, Purdue, West Virginia

STAR GAZING: Rivals and Scout rate him as a three (out of five) star prospect. Rivals lists Raymon as the 36th best strong side defensive end in the class while Scout says he is a top 80 defensive end overall.

JON’S TAKE: When you watch the film on this kid, as you can do above, he certainly stands out. As I have said before and will again, you never really know the level of competition when you watch such highlight tapes, but Raymon stands out. In fact, in the tape linked above, he looks like a man among boys.

He loves contact and initiates it as a defender as well as a lead blocker on offense. He has excellent feet for a player of his size (pushing 250) and runs down the line of scrimmage well. His foot quickness will improve after some time with Chris Doyle and that could help make Raymon one of the steals of this class. While it’s tough to call a player a steal that had offers from several BCS conference teams, Raymon’s tape suggests a few more should have been interested. A big reason for the ‘lack’ of more offers is likely due to Raymon missing all but three games in his senior season due to injury.

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He also has a great story. As Rob Howe from HawkeyeInsider.com told us back in in the summer when Raymon committed to Iowa, he was adopted at the age of 12 and had a rough upbringing to that point. Since that blessing entered his life, he’s made the most of it and has been an outstanding teammate. Howe also reported that Raymon has a 6-11 wingspan and a 36-inch vertical.

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When you see numbers like that juxtaposed on a 6-3, 250 pound frame on a kid that hasn’t been in the Iowa Strength and Conditioning program, that’s a reason to get excited. Were I John Raymon, I’d be very, very excited because he has the base measurables and athletic ability that when combined with four or five years with Coach Doyle, he has NFL written all over him.

I hate writing things like that, because for every Christian Ballard or Jon Babineaux, there have been Richard Kittrell’s and Fabian Dodd’s. However, John Raymon has the world in front of him, if he wants it. It’s easy to envision he and Darian Cooper as wreaking havoc along the Iowa line of scrimmage as soon as the 2012 season. Where Cooper might be big enough to play some as a true freshman, Raymon could be on the borderline. Then again, he’s already as big as Howard Hodges was as a senior at Iowa. That being said, I agree with Marc Morehouse in saying that I’d love to see him redshirt as a freshman, add 20 pounds of bulk to his frame and be ready to hit the ground running with four years in front of him.

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High school honors – – Named to Lemming’s Prep Football All-American team as a senior . . . Career – – played in just three games as a senior due to injury, recording 28 tackles . . . returned to action in final two games of the season, recording eight tackle on defense and eight pancake blocks on offense in final game . . . recorded 59 tackles as a junior, including four sacks, and collected eight pass break-ups . . . two-year letterman in football as defensive end and tight end . . . also earned three letters in basketball and two in track.
Personal – – Born 6/6/92 . . . open major . . . parents are Trish and Jack Finney . . . high school coach was Adam Collachi.

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