Heritage-Conyers senior Michael Raiford is not the typical college football recruit except that he’s 6 feet 6 inches and 280 pounds, just what teams are looking for in a lineman.
Raiford has played football for only one season. The coaching staff plucked him from the marching band, where he played the tuba. He’s still in the concert band, and his first love remains the ROTC. His life goal is to become a Marine.
“We had a lot of FBS [formerly Division I-A] schools in here trying to get him, but as soon as Navy offered, he jumped on it,” Heritage defensive line coach Chris Pack said. “I honestly think if he had an opportunity to turn pro or become a Marine, he’d become a Marine first.”
This week has been a somber one for Raiford, as his father, Garland E. Raiford II, passed away.
Raiford’s family is coming from out of town and will attend Friday’s scrimmage game against Eastside in support of Michael. They will do a balloon release before the game in a celebration of Garland Raiford’s life.
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