Name: John Raymon
Position: Defensive Tackle
Hometown: Richboro, Pa.
High School: Council Rock North
2013 Stats: In seven games played, Raymon had seven tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He suffered a season-ending right knee injury against Georgia Tech.
2014 Projections: The recovery time for Raymon's injury -- which occurred in late October -- is about one year, according to Scott Shafer. Because he needed surgery, it's hard to give a definitive answer on when he will get back on the field. I would expect the coaching staff to play it safe with such a serious physical injury.
How'd He Get Here: Raymon originally committed to Iowa, but didn't play at all his freshman year. He transferred to Syracuse and had to sit out for a year.
What'd Recruiting Sites Say: Three stars from ESPN, Rivals and Scout. He picked Iowa over several solid offers including from Illinois, Maryland and West Virginia.
Money Quote: "It doesn’t really matter where I play," Raymon told the Post-Standard. "I’ll tear it up wherever I’m at. Put me at defensive end, put me at tackle. Obviously it’s a transition to defensive tackle, but with Coach (Tim) Daoust and the help of the veterans I can do it."
Links of Wonder: Nate Mink has a fascinating, in-depth profile on Raymon's difficult childhood.
John Raymon was a young boy when his mother whipped him with a vacuum cord, broke his teeth and made him sleep outside on trash bags.
The abuse shaped his view of the world. He got in fights and stole. He bounced from home to home and ended up in a facility for troubled kids. It took him months to trust his new family, and even today Raymon said he can't fully trust anyone.
Tweets of Wonder:
Tell me why I'm stuck in elevator.. With my bro @Ecrume_52 get us out please— John Raymon (@ajraymon) April 3, 2013
What Does Shafer Think of Him: "He works hard. When he makes a mistake, he bounces back and replaces it with effort. I think that’s the biggest thing."
Interesting Nugget O'Interest: He thought his last name was "Raymond" until the age of 13, when he transferred to new foster parents, who looked at his birth certificate.
Let's Get a Look Atcha: Since Dan Lyons showed the must-see John Raymon Dougie video in last year's Get To Know, I'll go a different direction.