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In-state recruiting continues to be a priority for the Blue Devils in the class of 2012. At junior day another top player from the Old North State received an offer.

"I played defensive end for two years and at the beginning of my junior year before moving to middle linebacker for the rest of the season," said Leland (N.C.) North Brunswick High standout Keilin Rayner. "I believe it was a great move and improved our team's defense as a whole."

At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds with a 4.58 forty, Rayner is being recruited for a couple different positions depending on the school.

"I'm being recruited as a linebacker or an extra rusher from the edge. Coaches have told me they notice my size and speed along with the effort I give. I need to work out my agility, hip flexibility, and overall knowledge of the game I think."

During his junior season Rayner finished with 127 tackles, three sacks, and seven tackles for loss as North Brunswick went 5-7. Those stats resulted in a second straight First Team All-Conference nod as well as a team MVP award.

It's also resulted in a number of schools calling and expressing varying levels of interest.

"Duke, East Carolina, and Clemson have offered me so far. I want to visit Clemson and South Carolina in the next few weeks. I'm also hearing from a number of programs from all over the Southeast like Florida, Wake Forest, North Carolina State, and Virginia Tech. I am also hearing from Nebraska, Notre Dame, Stanford, Arkansas, and Alabama."

Recently Rayner visited Durham for junior day and came away with an offer.

"I talked to them at Junior Day when I was with Coach Luke who I've talked to plenty of times. He's invited me to camps and a couple of practices. I am going to be at a few of their practices and the Spring Game. I think they are an up and coming program with a coaching staff that is very good and very down to earth. They are going to have a bright future."

And the Blue Devils are certainly pitching Rayner the idea of joining that future.

"They are really talking about the educational opportunities because it's a world class education. They are also driving to get some ACC Championships and beyond."

With so much time before Signing Day 2012, Rayner hasn't formulated a list of favorites but does have an outline of what he is looking for.

"I would like to go to a school that is bigger, but not so big that you can get lost or looked over. Also, good academics are important to me."

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