RB Antwan Raymond commits to Rutgers, moves into ’24 class and signs


Rutgers is spending a lot of time recruiting Florida, and its penchant for signing Canadian players is known.

The latest to land with the Scarlet Knights is Clearwater (Fla.) Academy running back Antwan Raymond, who announced his commitment Wednesday.

And it comes with an added twist.

The 5-foot-11, 195-pound Raymond is moving from the 2025 class into the 2024 class and he will enroll at Rutgers in the late spring. The decision comes after his high school decided to discontinue football.

Raymond, who played at Lachine (Quebec) Dalbe-Viau Aigles D’Or before moving to Florida for the 2023 season, had a heavy work load last season at Clearwater Academy.

He carried 233 times for 1,884 yards and 22 touchdowns in 10 games. He ran for at least 100 yards nine times, surpassed the 200-yard mark four times and carried the ball at least 25 times in five of the games.

He will be the fifth French-speaking player on the Rutgers roster. He joins freshmen defensive lineman Tyclean Luman and Tycoolhill Luman as well as sophomore defensive lineman Djibril Abdou-Rahman and junior linebacker Dariel Djabome.

Here’s everything you need to know:

WHAT ANTWAN RAYMOND SAYS ABOUT RUTGERS

“I definitely like the family atmosphere there,” Raymond said. “I like how genuine the program is and the people are in the building. I love coach (Greg) Schiano’s style of coaching. I think not everybody can go to Rutgers because you need a certain type of mindset, determination to be there.”

WHO ELSE WAS IN THE MIX?

It is a big pickup for the Scarlet Knights. Raymond had a host of offers, including Auburn, Miami and Mississippi State. He visited Miami earlier this month and he was slated to officially visit Syracuse in June. Iowa was also pushing heavily for Raymond.

WHERE ANTWAN RAYMOND RANKS AS A RECRUIT

Raymond is rated as an 87 as a member of the 2024 class. This week marks the first time he was rated as  a recruit, and his ranking reflects that of a 2024 prospect since he will be on the Rutgers campus in the summer.

HOW ANTWAN RAYMOND FITS WITH RUTGERS

Rutgers has a history of employing workhorse running backs in the offense under coach Greg Schiano, which is appealing to Raymond. He is  the eighth high school player from Florida in the 2024 class, which is twice as many as the Scarlet Knights took from New Jersey.  He joins Port Charlotte (Fla.) High’s Edd Guerrier as running backs in the class.

WHAT WE THINK ABOUT ANTWAN RAYMOND

Raymond is a tough runner with burst, and difficult to bring down on first contact, according to 247Sports scouting director Andrew Ivins.

“A really unique prospect. Originally from Canada and classified himself as a 2025 prospect, but is jumping up a year and is now age appropriate. Physically, he’s ready to go. The last numbers we got on him had him at 195 pounds and he looked well over 200 this past fall when I saw him early in the year.

“Just a tough cat to get on the ground and he produced against stiff competition down in the Sunshine State, running for 279 yards and three touchdowns against Miami Columbus with a 179-yard effort against Lakeland. He’s built to bang between the tackles with his contact balance and can find daylight with his jump cuts. Might not have a true turbo, but has enough burst to get away from some would-be tacklers in the open field.

“A nice late addition for Rutgers. Schiano likes his Sunshine State players and Raymond has the makeup of a potential multi-year contributor. I would not be surprised if he worked his way into the rotation early on as a situational, short-yardage option.”

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