- Erik McKinney, ESPN Staff Writer
This past weekend started out pretty well for Dax Raymond (Provo, Utah/Timpview), as the 6-foot-5, 204-pound athlete hauled in nine receptions for 167 yards and four touchdowns in a first-round playoff victory. It ended even better, as Raymond received a phone call from Utah State recruiting coordinator Zach Nyborg. The Aggies' coach extended the first scholarship offer to Raymond, but it meant even more to the standout senior considering who it came from.
"He was my coach when I was a freshman at Timpview," Raymond said of Nyborg. "He wanted to say that had nothing to do with making the decision. It was because of my film and a decision by everyone. But he wanted to make the call because we have a special relationship."
The scholarship offer came as a tight end, a position where all of Raymond's potential suitors -- Boise State, BYU, Harvard, SMU, Utah and Yale -- envision him playing. A wide receiver now, Raymond doesn't see the position switch as an obstacle.
"I'm going to have to put on some weight, but I have a bigger frame," he said. "I think I could be a tight end. I would do anything to get on the field."
Raymond said he was caught off guard by the offer from the Aggies, as they'd congratulated him after his performance on Friday night with no word of a potential offer. While he was very pleased by Sunday's development, Raymond said he is in no hurry to make a decision.
"I'm going to wait and see what happens," he said. "But as of right now, if everything stays this way, I would go up there and be an Aggie and love it."
Raymond was in attendance for two Utah State home games this season and attended a camp and junior day there this past summer.
"I love it," he said. "It's a nice city and I really like the campus. It's a beautiful place."
There are no set plans for official visits to any campus at this point, but Raymond said he might be in attendance at Utah's home game on Saturday, as the Utes host Washington State.