BROKEN ARROW — Andrew Raym is one of the nation’s top offensive linemen and has been a part of many big impact plays the past three seasons with Broken Arrow.
Besides celebrating the Tigers’ first state football title last year, another memorable moment for Raym came when he was matched against another highly heralded college recruit, Edmond Santa Fe’s Trace Ford, who is now at Oklahoma State.
“My favorite play was putting Trace Ford 15 yards back on his back,” Raym said.
Raym, a tackle who has received All-America honors the past two years, has dominated most of the defensive linemen he has competed against and is one of the nation’s most heavily recruited offensive linemen. He has been recruited by most major colleges.
Raym took official visits last month to Georgia and Michigan and also is seriously considering Oklahoma. Raym committed to the Sooners two years ago before re-opening his recruiting.
For the second consecutive year, Raym is No. 1 in the All-World preseason rankings for offensive linemen. As a sophomore, he was ranked No. 2 behind Bixby/OSU’s Bryce Bray. The rankings are based on past achievements, projected 2019 performance and college potential.
Raym, 6-foot-5 and 305 pounds, was an All-World offensive player of the year finalist in 2018, and is a two-time All-World and All-State first-team selection.
During the upcoming season, look for Raym to make an impact at other positions, especially on the defensive line. He began doing that last year in the Class 6AI playoffs. Raym assisted on two tackles in the state championship victory against Jenks.
“I liked it a lot — playing D-line,” Raym said. “It’s another time I can hit somebody.”
Raym also assisted on a blocked field goal in the semifinals against Owasso. And in the regular-season finale, he scored on his first varsity carry, a 3-yard run against Enid.
During the baseball season, Raym showed his athletic ability as the starting first baseman for the Class 6A runner-up Tigers and he homered in the state title game. He showed power and speed on a triple earlier in the tournament.
For Tigers football coach David Alexander, a former NFL offensive lineman, having him play new positions will help Raym and the team.
“We’ll have to challenge him mentally,” Alexander said. “Physically in practice, it’s tough to challenge him. We’re looking for him to build up endurance for the D-line.
“To do both, you have to be pretty elite, to be in great shape. For Andrew, your goal this summer is not to see how strong you can get because you are strong enough, but build up endurance. You’re going to be on the field for 80-to-85 plays this year instead of 60.”
Raym isn’t the only Broken Arrow offensive lineman high in the rankings. Trevor Burckhartzmeyer is at No. 4. He started at right guard next to Raym last year as they paved the way for running back Noah Cortes to set many school rushing records.
“Trevor’s strength is he’s as strong as a bull,” Alexander said. “If you put a blindfold on him, he can lift whatever is on the bar — he’s fantastic in the weight room.
“If we didn’t have Andrew, everyone would be talking about Trevor. Playing next to Andrew, they are a pretty lethal combination.”
Between Raym and Burckhartzmeyer, Union has the other two among the top-four offensive linemen — Tulsa commit Gabe Cantu and Jake Henry.