August 30, 2010

Raymon ready to roll

As he heads into his senior year, defensive end John Raymon knows that more is expected of him and he feels ready to take on that role and lead his team into the upcoming season. We caught up with the 6-foot-5, 245-pound Raymon to talk about his season opener this week, what things have been like since he committed to Iowa, if other schools are still in contact, and much more.

Q: How has practice gone heading into your senior season?

RAYMON: It's been good. We've got a smaller team than last year, so there's a lot of work that we have to do. Last year, we worked hard and got pretty far, but we've got a new coach this year so it's kind of like starting from scratch but we're putting the work in.

Q: Being a senior, are you taking on more of a leadership role this year?

RAYMON: Yeah. Actually, we just scrimmaged against Plymouth Whitemarsh the other day and we have three captains - me, my friend Brandon Cottom that's going to Purdue, and my friend Joe Coates, but he tore his PCL, so now I need to take on even a bigger role in practice and games because there's one less captain out there.

Q: What have you heard from the coaches as far as how they see you fitting in next year?

RAYMON: I mean they said they think I can be a big time player there. I know a lot of schools say that, but I talked to guys like Adrian Clayborn when I was out there and I can really see myself doing well there. I'm trying not to redshirt next year, but if I have to, I will. I'm hoping I can come in and play, but we'll see what happens.

Q: What's it like talking to Clayborn, who is a guy getting a lot of national attention now as maybe the best defensive end in the nation?

RAYMON: He's really good and I look up to him a lot. He plays real aggressive and that's what I try to do. I'm not saying I'm going to be the next Adrian Clayborn, but that's the type of d-end I want to be.

As a junior last season, Raymon finished with 72 tackles playing for Council Rock North High School in Newtown, Pennsylvania. In June, the three-star prospect verbally committed to Iowa over scholarship offers from Illinois, Purdue, Michigan, Pitt, Rutgers, West Virginia, Maryland, NC State, and Cincinnati, among others.

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