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Dream drawing closer to reality for Tiger offensive lineman

Raym commits to OU, named Maxpreps All-American

Coach David Alexander and Andrew Raym with his All-American certificate

At 6-foot, 4-inches tall, weighing 300 pounds and wearing size 16 shoes it’s hard to imagine the pitter-patter of three-year-old Andrew Raym’s tiny, sock-covered feet scurrying down a hardwood floor hallway to his parent’s bedroom.

Gerald Raym, Andrew’s father, remembers two nights some 12 to 13 years ago with visual clarity. Twice young Andrew crawled up the foot of the king size bed, between his mother and father, wriggled his way under the covers and whispered – “Dad, I had a dream I was playing football for OU.”

In December, shortly after his sophomore season ended, Raym committed to play football for the University of Oklahoma. “I’ve always dreamt of playing football at OU,” Raym offered support to those two childhood moments.

But the dream and his commitment to the Sooners have not deterred coaches from other colleges. During the last week of college football recruiting season, Raym had visits from nearly every Big 12 school and several others from across the nation. He even took an unofficial visit to Notre Dame last fall.

“It’s been awesome, but honestly, I don’t think about it too much,” Raym said of the recruiting process. “I listen (to other coaches) because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the future. Things could change at OU.”

Raym did admit the game-night scouting visits somewhat influence his play.

“It energizes me and makes me work harder, especially when OU is here,” he said.

As well as being bombarded with coaching visits the last week of January, Raym also was named to the CBSMaxPreps 2017 Sophomore All-American First Team Offense, becoming Broken Arrow High School’s first football high school All-American.

“Under Coach David Alexander and his staff, you’ve learned that it takes more than a personal dedication and devotion…more than your own God-given physical talents to achieve this level of success,” Zack Poff  of CBSMaxPreps wrote in a letter to Andrew. “Thank you for helping make this football season an exciting and memorable one for all of us that got to watch you compete.”

The rise to being a “5-star” recruit and one of the most sought after linemen in the nation came suddenly to Raym. It started on a trip to Norman for the 2016 Bedlam game when he was a ninth grader.

“I was there, and they were talking crazy about me, and said that they were going to offer me,” Raym said of the Sooner coaches. “That was like a complete shock. It wasn’t until then that I realized this could be a dream come true.”

Andrew doesn’t look back on his three-year-old self as a fortune teller. However, that stocking-footed child, barely beyond his toddler years, anxious to share a sleep-time vision with his parents, is now just two high school football seasons away from seeing his dream becoming reality.