Name: John Raymon
Position: Defensive Tackle
Hometown: Richboro, PA.
High School: Council Rock North
2014 Stats: Despite being considered a "longshot" to play last season, Raymon did make it back from an injury to play in five games for the Orange last season. Alas, his injury-plagued time with SU continued when he suffered another Dreaded LBI against NC State, ending another season prematurely. He garnered six tackles and a fumble recovery before then.
2015 Projections: Perhaps everything that Raymon has gone through to get to his senior season will be worth it. He and Ron Thompson enter 2015 as the anchors of the defensive line and. Along with MLB Zaire Franklin, that trio is being looked at as the leaders and playmakers.
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:
About to watch hangover 3 wit my boys @LightsOutMorgan and @AC_TheFuture !! Turnt down night by we still turnt up lol!! #AthleteWeekends— John Raymon (@ajraymon) May 26, 2013
What Does Shafer Think of Him: "John's blessed with great genetics. I mean, he does have freakish genetics."
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: Here's Big John talking about the 2013 injury that ended his sophomore season.