Visit Evens Rayner's Recruitment

Keilin Rayner made his first visit to North Carolina on Thursday.

"It was good," Rayner said. "We spent most of the day looking around the campus and I spent a lot of time with Coach [Art] Kaufman.

"They're building up their facilities and their facilities are huge. I saw the pictures on the Internet, but they didn't really do it justice with how big they are in person."

Duke has been Rayner's favorite school for much of his recruitment. However, the 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Leland (N.C.) North Brunswick has since backed off those feelings.

"I'm open to everybody," Rayner said. "I haven't eliminated anyone."

Furthermore, Rayner is unsure exactly when he'll make a verbal commitment.

"If I feel right about a school, I'll commit early," Rayner said. "But if I don't, I can wait until I take more visits."

Most of the time Rayner spent with Kaufman, UNC's linebackers coach, on Thursday was in a film session.

"He talked about what they would like me at – playing linebacker – and if I could make the transition in playing different schemes and learning their scheme," Rayner said.

Raynor also had a meeting with Butch Davis.

"He talked about in general how many people he's put in the NFL and how a degree would take me further than going to the NFL because a lot of NFL players were bankrupt because they didn't manage their money right," Rayner said. "He said Carolina is a good place to get a degree. If you get a degree from Carolina, you have no problem getting a job."

Kaufman introduced Rayner to two of his linebackers – freshman Norkeithus Otis and junior Kevin Reddick.

"We talked about recruiting," Rayner said. "They talked about the feeling you get when you know you're at home."

Rayner's UNC stay also included a full campus tour.

"We saw what a day as a student athlete at North Carolina is like," Rayner said. "We looked at the academic center. We couldn't go in [the Blue Zone], because they're still building it, but we looked around it."

Besides UNC, Rayner has visited Duke, East Carolina, and NC State.

Rayner will visit Maryland on Friday and Virginia Tech sometime in July. He's also working on scheduling a trip to South Carolina before his senior football season begins.

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