Dax Raymond leaving USU early for NFL draft

Utah State tight end Dax Raymond (87) in the second half during the Arizona Bowl NCAA college football game against New Mexico State, Friday, Dec. 29, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. New Mexico State defeated Utah State 26-20 in overtime. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Matt Wells wasn’t the only Aggie announcing that he was leaving Utah State on Thursday. Standout Junior Tight End Dax Raymond announced on Twitter that he is foregoing his Senior season and is declaring his eligibility for the NFL draft. The biggest reason, he stated, is because of his age.

Having served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and redshirted a year already, Raymond felt like the time is now to declare for the 2019 NFL draft as he is “three years behind the average junior in college.”

“I am blessed to have received a quality education at Utah State University,” the Provo native wrote in a statement, “and will graduate early this December.”

The 6’5″ 250 lb Junior finishes his Aggie career with 863 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. His best game in 2018 was against Air Force on Sept. 22nd. Raymond had 4 catches for 68 yards and a touchdown.

The Timpview High School graduate missed two games shortly after that game with a broken hand and missed the entire 2016 season because of a back injury. Before the 2018 season, Raymond was named to the John Mackey Award Watch List. The John Mackey Award is given annually to the most outstanding tight end in college. Raymond received Honorable Mention honors from the Mountain West this season.

“Thank you to all (who) have supported me and Aggie nation,” Raymond wrote. “Your devotion does not go unnoticed. Thank you Aggie brotherhood – battle on! We’ve got one more to get for Aggie nation this year.”

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