Junior defensive end Keilin Rayner should be one of the Pack's top pass-rushing targets from the Class of 2012 and NC State rolled out the red carpet for him and a good number of other junior prospects on Saturday.
The 6-3, 210-pound prospect could conceivably play defensive end or outside linebacker in college but Rayner believes he projects as a lineman with the ability to beat offensive tackles off the edge.
Last fall Rayner was responsible for 127 tackles and "a handful of sacks." He's still growing and his frame is still developing, so don't be surprised if his production makes a nice jump next fall when he's a senior.
Leland (NC) North Brunswick finished just 5-7 on the year because they didn't finish the season well, and that's something Rayner hopes he can help change next season.
Rayner spoke with Pack Pride shortly after he finished with his junior day experience at NC State.
"It was really nice," he said. "They've got good facilities. I was looking around at everything else, too. There are a lot of people from North Brunswick that go to State so I know it's pretty much a good school. I've been up there a lot of times with my coach and another teammate."
Saturday provided Rayner with a good opportunity to speak with the coaches.
"I talked to coach Petercuskie," he recalled. "He pretty much just talked about football and the recruiting process. I've seen coach Petercuskie at the school a lot of times. He's come up here a lot."
Rayner said he has a high level of interest in NC State. He has also visited Duke and East Carolina. He said he liked what he saw at Duke -- the indoor facilities especially.
"I'm trying to go to Virginia Tech on an unofficial visit," he added.
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