In not exactly surprising, but certainly disappointing news, rising junior cornerback Deshawn Raymond has announced that he will be leaving TCU.
Raymond came to TCU with a ton of hype as a four star talent out of East Jefferson High in Metairie, Louisiana. At 6’1” and 188 pounds, he brought an element of size to go along with his elite speed to what was then a veteran unit. After enrolling early with the Frogs, much was expected from the #24 cornerback in the nation and top 300 overall player, but unfortunately, those expectations never met reality.
Raymond struggled with injuries in Fort Worth after choosing TCU over offers from LSU, Georgia, Oklahoma State, and others, and was unable to get on the field in 2016. During his true freshman campaign he amassed five tackles in 11 games, all on special teams. Those injuries kept him off the field - for practice as well - and hindered his ability to learn the nuances of the 4-2-5 in game speed.
With the return of Ranthony Texada from injury and the emergence of young potential stars like Julius Lewis and Jeff Gladney, plus the signing of two top recruits in Michael Onyemaobi and Noah Daniels, Raymond had an uphill battle ahead to see meaningful snaps. He will likely have several suitors as he has multiple seasons of eligibility remaining and retains the excellent size and speed needed to contribute at the Division I level.
While it is certainly unfortunate that Frog fans never had the chance to see him reach his potential in purple, we certainly wish him nothing but luck going forward, wherever his path takes him next.