Friday, January 28, 2011

Palmetto/USF's Raymond selected to All-Star football game

Mistral Raymond has been selected to play in the inaugural Dixie Gridiron Classic, scheduled for Saturday, February 5th at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah.

The USF defensive back and Palmetto High graduate hopes to be selected in the next NFL draft and has been working with a trainer in Atlanta to get ready for the various post season combines.

"I'm real excited to be able to play in this all-star game," Raymond said. "I look at it as an opportunity to showcase my skills. It's another chance to play football and that's what I love to do so I am going to go out there, work hard and do the best I can."

Raymond was initially walk-on after transferring to USF from junior college. He earned a scholarship prior to this season and was named to the All Big East Conference second team.

The 6-2, 185 pound cornerback/safety played in 25 games for USF, starting 15. He had 96 tackles with 6.5 tackles for losses, two interceptions and seven pass break-ups.

Raymond was lauded for his leadership skills last season by head coach Skip Holtz and was chosen team captain. He had 56 tackles, 4.5 tackles for losses and one interception.

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