May 2, 2011

Keilin Rayner wows at combine

There were several standout performers at the Shrine Bowl Combine in Williamston, NC; and linebacker Keilin Rayner was among the best in attendance. The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Leland (N.C.) North Brunswick was among the fastest players in the linebacker group; clocking a 4.66-second 40-yard dash on a slow track and timing in at 4.53 seconds in the shuttle. Rayner also broad jumped 8-2 and knocked out 28 repetitions on the bench press.

"I did pretty good in the bench and 40, I could have done better in the broad jump and shuttle," he said. "Overall, I'm pretty happy."

The inside linebacker prospect has been offered by Duke, Clemson and ECU while several other schools in the region are recruiting him. Auburn, Maryland, North Carolina, NC State, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are among the interested parties.

"Schools are visiting me and I'm trying to visit schools, schedule camps for the summer," he noted. "I'm just getting ready for college in general."

The rising-senior mentioned that Duke is recruiting him the hardest right now and several programs have plans to drop by his high school in the near future, including Clemson, Maryland and ECU. He has visited Duke, ECU and NC State; saying that the Wolfpack's facilities were the best. However, he has not heard from the Pack lately.

"I have heard from Coach [Jerry] Petercuskie but not lately," he said. "[NC State's] pretty cool. I will see how it goes. I wasn't impressed-impressed but I know they're ranked. They're in the middle [of my list] but if they offer me, I would check them out."

As a junior, Rayner totaled 127 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, a pair of forced fumbles and to fumble recoveries. He hopes to stay at the linebacker position but conceded that he'll have to see how his body develops at the next level, making the move to defensive end a possibility.

"I think I'll play linebacker but I want to see how me weight gets up and how I adjust to the game," he said. "I hope to hear more from SEC schools because they're the best conference and that's how you turn into a pretty good player."

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