4-star PA Safety Raines Talks Penn State

Aliquippa (Pa.) High four-star safety Kwantel Raines gives the latest on his recruitment.

Kwantel Raines is still a month away from a list trim that could get his suitors into single digits, but the Scout 150 safety does talk to a handful of schools the most.

Although Raines does not have a top five, two SEC schools and one each from the ACC, Big 12 and Big Ten are in contact with him the most.

"I talk to Penn State, Pitt, West Virginia, Kentucky, Florida the most," said Raines, the No. 13 safety in the nation. "A top 10 should be coming next month."

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The Aliquippa (Pa.) High standout does not have an visits set up, but a return to Penn State and a trip to Florida are high on his list.

Penn State was high on Raines' list when he was offered more than a year ago, and the Nittany Lions remains a focal point in his recruitment.

"They're telling me I could come in and play early with them," said the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Raines, who holds many thoughts about the program. "I think of big-time football, a coaching staff that I get a long with well, players and recruits that I already know, and I know I would play along side of them really well. I think of things like that, and the academic part is great."

West Virginia already made in-roads at Aliquippa with former defensive back standout Dravon Askew-Henry, and Raines made several visits to campus and melds well with the players and the coaches.

"I know I would fit well into their system," Raines said. "They have the five defensive back set, and I really like that. Their defensive coordinator (Tony Gibson), he's real good. He's a great coach and he breaks down film well. I know a lot about West Virginia."

Raines added his affinity for Gibson, and the defense he runs, is important.

"I like it because they put more athletes on the field at one time," Raines said. "You can never go wrong with getting a bigger chance to play."

When it comes time for Raines to speak with the coaching staff at West Virginia, he has a list of contacts.

"I go straight to the head coach (Dana Holgorsen). I talk to the safeties coach (Matt Caponi) and the defensive coordinator," Raines said. "(Holgorsen) is a real cool coach. He won't lie to you. He's really straight to the point. I really like that. It's not a school that tells me I'm going to come in and start early. He told me I have to work for my position, and that is real."

Raines knows Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia well because he made numerous visits to each campus, and then there is Florida. He has not visited Gainesville, but it is a priority for him to do so in the summer.

His contact is defensive coordinator Randy Shannon.

"You could never go wrong with playing for a DB powerhouse," Raines said. "They're known for their DBs, so I have to check them out. I haven't been down there yet, but I talk to their coach a lot. I know they're big-time football, and I know they produce a lot of DBs. That's about it."

Kentucky is another school Raines plans to visit.

"I talk to (defensive backs) coach (Steve) Clinkscale a lot," he said. "He fills me in with Kentucky, and he said I would have a chance to play there early. I'm going to take a visit there. I want to see the campus."


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