Corey Raymond, a former LSU standout who spent six years playing in the NFL, enters his ninth season with the Tigers in 2020. Raymond coaches the LSU cornerbacks, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator, a position he added in February of 2020.
Raymond’s expertise as been critical in the development of LSU defensive backs as the Tigers secondary has consistently been one of the strengths thus enhancing the school’s claim of being “DBU.”
Under Raymond, LSU’s secondary has produced nine NFL Draft picks, including Jamal Adams and Tre’Davious White, who were both selected in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Most recently, cornerback Greedy Williams was selected in the second round of the 2019 NFL Draft, while Donte Jackson was taken in the second round in 2018.
Raymond has coached three first-round draft picks at LSU, a list that also includes Eric Reid. Other LSU NFL Draft picks under Raymond’s watch include: cornerback Tyrann Mathieu (third round in 2013), cornerback Tharold Simon (fifth round in 2013), safety Jalen Collins (second round in 2015), cornerback Rashard Robinson (third round in 2016) and safety Jalen Mills (seventh round in 2016).
Raymond’s secondary has produced seven first team All-Americans during his time at LSU, a list that includes Reid (2012), Mills (2015), Adams (2016), White (2016), Williams (2018), Grant Delpit (2018 and 2019) and Derek Stingley Jr. (2019).
Raymond’s primary focus for the past two years has been that of the cornerbacks and that unit has thrived under his watch. Stingley Jr. was along with Kristian Fulton were two of the top-rated cornerbacks in college football in 2019. Stingley earned consensus All-America honors as a true freshman and he led the SEC in both interceptions (6) and passes defended (21), while Fulton had one interception and 15 passes defended for the national champion Tigers. Fulton is expected to add his name to the list of LSU first round NFL Draft picks in April.
For the second straight year, LSU led the SEC in interception in 2019 with 17 and the Tigers ranked No. 2 in the league in pass efficiency defense, allowing opponents to complete only 50.7 percent of its passes, the best percentage in the conference.
In 2018 with his focus primarily on cornerbacks, Raymond continued the development of Williams, who earned first team All-America honors and was a finalist for the Thorpe Award. Raymond’s impact was also evident with the emergence of Fulton into one of the top cornerbacks in college football after sitting out the previous two years.
LSU led the SEC interceptions with 17 and ranked second in the league in pass defense efficiency in 2018. LSU was the only team in the SEC to hold opponents to less than 50 percent completion percentage for the season.
In 2017, LSU’s secondary featured a pair of second team All-Americans in Williams and Jackson. Williams had a breakout year with the Tigers in 2017, leading the SEC in interceptions (6) and finishing No. 2 in the conference in passes defended (17). As a unit, LSU allowed only 11 passing touchdowns, which was the second-lowest total in the SEC, and the Tigers were No. 2 in the league in pass efficiency defense.
In 2016, Raymond’s secondary allowed only nine passing touchdowns all season and ranked No. 3 in the Southeastern Conference in yards per game at 197.2. White, who ranked No. 2 in the conference in passes defended with 16, along with Adams were both named first team All-SEC. For the second-straight year, Adams led all LSU defensive backs with 76 tackles.
LSU’s 2015 secondary featured Mills, a first team All-America selection despite missing the first five games of the season with a broken ankle. Mills was joined in the secondary by White and Adams, who were both second team All-SEC selections. Adams led all Tiger defensive backs with 67 tackles and four interceptions.
In 2014, LSU’s secondary featured another young, but talented group as the starting lineup included a true freshman, one sophomore, two juniors and a senior. The play of LSU’s secondary was prominent in the Tigers leading the SEC in total defense (316.8 yards per game), pass defense (164.2 yards per game) and pass efficiency defense (101.6 rating). LSU allowed an SEC-best 10 passing touchdowns in 2014 and the Tigers were the only team in the league to hold teams to fewer than 200 completions.
LSU ranked No. 4 in the SEC in pass defense in 2013, allowing 197.5 yards per game. The Tigers limited opponents to 15 touchdown passes and ranked second in the league in yards allowed per attempt (6.4) and third in the conference in completion percentage at 56.0 percent.
In his first year back with the Tigers in 2012, Raymond coached safety Reid to first team All-America honors. Reid was later chosen in the first round (18th overall) of the NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers. Starting cornerback Tharold Simon was picked in the fifth round by the Seattle Seahawks.
As a unit in 2012, LSU’s secondary, despite using a pair of first-time starters, combined for 15 interceptions and helped the Tigers rank No. 11 nationally in pass efficiency defense.
Raymond returned to LSU after spending the 2011 season as the secondary coach at Nebraska. In his one season with the Cornhuskers, Raymond coached a Nebraska secondary that featured the 2011 Big Ten Defensive Back of the Year in Alfonzo Dennard. Despite inheriting a group that lost four starters from the season before, including three NFL Draft picks, Raymond’s secondary helped Nebraska rank No. 18 in the nation in pass defense in 2011.
Prior to his one-year stay in Lincoln, Raymond served as the cornerbacks coach for two seasons at Utah State. Raymond’s top pupil at Utah State was that of Curtis Marsh, who earned All-WAC honors and later went on to become a third-round pick in the NFL Draft. Raymond served on the LSU staff for three years from 2006-08 before taking the job at Utah State.
During his three years on the LSU staff from 2006-08, Raymond was part of two BCS bowl victories, including a 38-24 win over Ohio State in the BCS National Championship. 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.
Prior to joining the LSU staff in 2006, Raymond coached at the high school level for three years in his hometown of New Iberia. Raymond was the defensive coordinator at New Iberia High School in 2003 and then held the same position at Westgate High School in 2004-05.
Raymond was a three-year starter in the secondary for the Tigers from 1989-91. He capped his LSU career with 185 tackles and eight interceptions. Following his career with the Tigers, Raymond spent six seasons in the NFL – three with the New York Giants and three with the Detroit Lions. In 90 games in the NFL, Raymond started 60 times and intercepted 11 passes to go with 258 tackles.
Raymond, who earned his undergraduate degree from LSU in 1993, has four children – Cody, Ariel, Christopher and Madison.
THE RAYMOND FILE
Year at LSU: Eighth (appointed Feb. 28, 2012)
Birthdate: Sept. 28, 1969 in New Iberia, La.
Children: Cody, Ariel, Christopher and Madison
High School: New Iberia (La.) High School
College: LSU, ’93
1992-94 New York Giants
1995-97 Detroit Lions
2003 New Iberia (La.) High School (defensive coordinator)
2004-05 Westgate (La.) High School (defensive coordinator)
2006-08 LSU (intern, 2006; assistant strength coach, 2007-08)
2009-10 Utah State (cornerbacks)
2011 Nebraska (secondary)
2012-20 LSU (defensive backs, 2012-17; cornerbacks, 2018-19; cornerbacks/recruiting coordinator, 2020-)
As a player
Season Bowl Team Opponent Results
1988 Hall of Fame LSU Syracuse L, 23-10
As a coach
Season Bowl Team Opponent Results
2006 Sugar Bowl LSU Notre Dame W, 41-14
2007 BCS National Championship LSU Ohio State W, 38-24
2008 Chick-fil-A LSU Georgia Tech W, 38-3
2011 Capital One Nebraska South Carolina L, 30-13
2012 Chick-fil-A LSU Clemson L, 25-24
2013 Outback LSU Iowa W, 21-14
2014 Music City LSU Notre Dame L, 31-28
2015 Texas LSU Texas Tech W, 56-27
2016 Citrus LSU Louisville W, 29-9
2017 Citrus LSU Notre Dame L, 21-17
2018 Fiesta LSU UCF W, 40-32
2019 Chick-fil-A Peach LSU Oklahoma 63-28
2019 CFP National Championship LSU Clemson 42-25