WEST ORANGE, NJ — Jayson Raines, a senior wide receiver at West Orange High School, on Wednesday announced a verbal commitment to Stanford University.
Raines, a 6-foot-3, 195-pound prototype Division 1 wideout, caught 47 passes for more than 700 yards and 12 touchdowns in his junior season, which was head coach Darnell Grant's first at the school.
Grant has termed Raines "a big, explosive target." Raines has shown the reach and extension to catch sideline passes over cornerbacks in tight coverage, as well as the strength and toughness to go over the middle and haul in slant passes.
Raines announced his decision Wednesday evening on his Twitter account. Maryland, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Rutgers were among the other schools to offer Raines. Other schools involved were Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Yale, Miami (Florida) and Pittsburgh. He called Stanford "a school that would benefit me not just for the next four years, but for the next 40."
"I always dreamed about playing Division 1 football," Raines said. "So I worked hard, on and off the field, to pursue my dream. Sometimes it got hard, but through prayer, God allowed me to overcome those struggles and make my dreams come true, and I'm forever grateful for that."
In his Tweet, Raines also extended thanks to his family, Grant and the rest of the coaching staff, West Orange trainers and his teammates.