2012 Intro: Keilin Rayner

LELAND, N.C. --- Inside Carolina profiles junior Keilin Rayner, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound athlete from North Brunswick High School.

Scouting Report

"He is what the college coaches are looking for," North Brunswick coach Garry Bishop said. "He has all the aspects of a great football player – he has the size, the speed. He also has the character – he's never been in trouble, ‘Yes sir,' ‘No sir,' type of kid. And he also has the grades – he takes honor courses. He's the total package in my opinion.

Prep Career

Midway through his freshman season, Rayner broke into North Brunswick's starting lineup at defensive end. Early on in his junior season, he was moved to linebacker.

"We weren't getting good enough play there [at linebacker] with the guys that I had," Bishop said. "I didn't want to move one of my outside guys in there and I wanted somebody that could run that could cover sideline-to-sideline. I knew Keilin could do that. I [also] knew he was aggressive [and] he was smart, so I knew I could teach him pretty quick.

"The other reason was [opponents] were running away from him at defensive end. So I was thinking ‘They're going to cut his half off, unless it's a passing situation.'"

Rayner responded with 127 tackles, including seven for a loss and two sacks, and two forced fumbles.


During his sophomore season, East Carolina became the first school to offer Rayner a scholarship.

When Bishop moved Rayner to linebacker, he was afraid of how it would affect his recruiting stock.

"He has great speed coming off the corner and is real aggressive," Bishop said. "… I wasn't so sure how he would be off the line [and] in space. But he did pretty well."

Rayner did well enough to continue collecting scholarship offers. Clemson and Duke both offered within the past couple of months. He's also receiving significant interest from Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State, Notre Dame, and Wake Forest.

Ironically, Raynor says he's primarily being recruited as a linebacker, but is receiving some looks for defensive end.

Raynor, who doesn't plan on making a verbal commitment until after the football season, says Duke is his early favorite.

"When I went to Duke, Coach [David] Cutcliffe offered me a scholarship and I had lunch with him," Rayner said. "It was a great atmosphere. I like the future there."

Rayner has camped and attended a junior day at Duke. He has also visited East Carolina, and NC State.

Extra Notes

Rayner spent some of his childhood in Florida and thus grew up a Florida State fan... Rayner is a reserve on the basketball team and also runs the 100- and 200-meter dash and 4x200 and 4x100 relays for North Brunswick's track and field team. As a sophomore he participated in shot put and discus, but won't do those events this spring.

Video provided by Jason Pughe of AthleteVault.com.

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