As the offseason neared, there was some concern that LSU would struggle to hold on to one of its more valuable position coaches in defensive backs coach Corey Raymond. Monday evening, per The Advocate, Raymond agreed to a contract extension and a substantive raise.
We’ll add details as we get them, but Raymond was one of the best bargains on LSU’s coaching staff in recent years, making somewhere around $375,000 this past season, with a recent raise.
UPDATE: Per the Advocate, Raymond’s new deal bumps his salary to $400,000 in 2017 and escalate to $450,000 by 2019.
Several SEC schools, including Florida and Auburn, had unsuccessfully pursued him for their own openings last year, and it was thought that he might get some calls for coordinator positions this year (which could still happen).
In addition to consistently fielding units that have contributed to top-30 defenses in pass-efficiency, Raymond has been one of the most valuable assistants on the recruiting trail. In recent years his roster of commitments has included four- and five-star prospects like Jamal Adams, Tre’davious White, Donte Jackson, Kevin Toliver, Kristian Fulton, Eric Monroe and Savion Smith. This year, he’s recruited maybe the nation’s best safety class with five-star Jacoby Stevens and four-star Grant Delpit.
Given the current recruiting environment in Florida with Charlie Strong an Lane Kiffin joining the fray, LSU really couldn’t afford to lose somebody with Raymond’s ties in South Florida. This is a strong move for LSU.