Steele checks in on Rayner

Clemson defensive coordinator Kevin Steele was outside of Wilmington, N.C. on Thursday to check out Keilin Rayner, a 2012 linebacker who's still floating under the radar.

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Steele's already offered the 6-foot-3, 210-pound rising senior. So have East Carolina and Duke. Last Thursday, Clemson and Maryland both stopped by North Brunswick High School (Leland).

Now that school's almost done for the year, he's starting to think about making visits for this summer.

"I may try to get to a couple of SEC schools. I may go around the state, then go south, but I still really don't know," Rayner recently told

That would include a visit to Clemson, a school that's continued to express plenty of interest.

As for Thursday's visit?

"[Steele] pretty much just said hey, because you can't talk much," Rayner said.

They keep in frequent touch with one another.

"I talk to him a couple of times on Facebook. He said coach [Dan] Brooks is coming by later this month," Rayner said.

He said Clemson and Duke are recruiting him the hardest.

The Tigers' recruiting pitch, "Mainly their recruiting class. Their draft picks, Da'Quan Bowers getting drafted high," Rayner said.

"Playing in Death Valley is a good experience and the fans—it's big-time football."

The Blue Devils are pushing academics.

"It's pretty much educational. They're changing their facilities and making a lot of changes," he said.

At one time, Rayner claimed Duke as his leader.

"They're pretty high on my chart," he said. "It's close to home."

What stands out about Clemson?

"The fans—I'd like to go see Clemson to get a little more of an opinion," Rayner said.

He finished with 127 tackles, three sacks, and seven tackles for loss as a junior last season. Top Stories