In-State LB Talks Duke

Keilin Rayner

Moving to a 4-2-5 defensive scheme, there is added emphasis on landed big time athletes and players at the inside linebacker position. Which is why Duke has extended an offer to three star North Carolina prospect Keilin Rayner.

"Right now the schools separating themselves are Duke, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Clemson, and South Carolina," said Leland (N.C) North Brunswick standout Keilin Rayner. "These are the schools that I believe in their ideas for the future and how they would like me to play."

Rated as a three star prospect and the nation's No. 21 middle linebacker according to Scout.com, Rayner has a number of offers and is targeting a decision by the end of his football season. Well before National Signing Day.

"The schools that have offered me are Duke, North Carolina State, UNC, East Carolina, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Clemson, and FIU. I have been in contact with Duke, North Carolina State, UNC, East Carolina, Wake Forest, South Carolina, Clemson, FIU,  Florida, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida, Maryland, Auburn, Nebraska, Notre Dame, and Missouri."

As the summer progresses he will make visits to each in-state school though not in the camp setting.

"I really want to sit down and meet some of the team and see the school. Hopefully in the next month or so I'll be able to do that and to get a better feel of what each of these schools has to offer and what the teams are like."

The Blue Devils were among the first programs to offer, and the offer was one that made a distinct impression.

"I remember that day like it was yesterday, it was when I went there for a Junior. Day. Coach Cutcliffe invited me and my family into his office and offered me on the spot. He said that they are not offering many from the 2012 class but he would like me to be a Duke Blue Devil. He spoke a lot about the excellent gradation rate, the new additions to the program, and the overall future of Duke football. To me it spoke a lot of how they feel about me at Duke."

How so?

"I think Duke is a great school not only academically, but also athletically. The football program hasn't had the best seasons these past years but I believe they will turn it around. I speak often with Coach Luke, and I speak with coach Cutcliffe a lot to check up and such. The are a great bunch of guys they write me a lot and when I went up to Duke they introduced themselves to me and we talked a little."

As with any high recruited player, Rayner has been given all manner of advice from a number of different sources. So what was the best advice received to date?

"The best advice I have been given is if a school really wants me to attend it will show. I am not going to rush anything and I'm going to enjoy the process."

Rayner is being recruited at a number of different positions including middle linebacker, defensive end, and outside linebacker depending on the school. Which is why he's looking forward to putting in work this summer.

"During the summer I'm continuing to work on my hip flexibility and agility. Also since I played seven games at LB learning the plays better and knowing what everyone dose on every play. This is a big year for me and I hope to help my team make it to the state game and win it all. I am excited about the possibility of playing in the NC and SC Shrine bowl if I get selected."

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