LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond received a three-year extension worth over $600K a year, according to the university’s term sheet, which is the basis for the new contract before the LSU Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the deal in March.
The former LSU defensive back received a 30 percent raise after another impressive season from the secondary, which included projected 2020 first round NFL Draft pick Kristian Fulton and All-American Derek Stingley, Jr.
Texas A&M made a run at bringing Raymond to College Station this offseason, but Raymond turned the Aggies down to remain in Baton Rouge. Raymond is routinely mentioned with schools trying to hire him away from LSU, but he’s opted to remain at LSU through all the interest.
Raymond remaining in Baton Rouge with a new deal is one of the latest notable coaching updates on LSU’s staff. Passing game coordinator Joe Brady left for the Carolina Panthers and LSU just hired former NFL head coach and offensive coordinator Scott Linehan to replace the 2019 Broyles Award winner.
Under Raymond, LSU’s secondary has produced nine NFL Draft picks. Former LSU defensive back Greedy Williams is the most recent player to join that list, going in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft. That number is almost assuredly set to increase this April too, with safety Grant Delpit and Fulton checking in as two of the more prominent defensive backs in the 2020 NFL Draft class.
Raymond is in his second stint on LSU’s coaching staff. He first joined the staff in Baton Rouge as an intern in 2006 before being promoted to assistant strength coach, a role which he held for two seasons. LSU picked up two BCS bowl victories during that stretch, including a 38-24 win over Ohio State to win the BCS National Championship during the 2007 season. LSU’s defense ranked No. 3 nationally in both 2006 and 2007 as the Tigers combined to post a 23-4 record during that span.
After the 2008 campaign, Raymond left LSU to become the cornerbacks coach at Utah State. He spent two seasons with the Aggies before heading to Nebraska as the Huskers’ secondary coach with Bo Pelini, who was hired by head coach Ed Orgeron to replace Dave Aranda as defensive coordinator. Raymond only spent the 2011 season in Lincoln before he made his return to Baton Rouge in time for the 2012 campaign.
Raymond played for LSU from 1989-1991, recording 185 tackles and eight interceptions during his college career. As a player the NFL, he spent three seasons with the New York Giants and three with the Detroit Lions. Raymond racked up 60 starts in 90 games, finishing his professional playing career with 11 passes to go with 258 tackles.
Looking ahead to next season, LSU will open the 2020 campaign at home vs. Texas-San Antonio on Saturday, Sept. 5