UNC Emerges as Rayner's Leader

Keilin Rayner has scheduled his first official visit.

"I talked to Coach [Charlie] Williams and he said [my North Carolina official visit] is the 8th of October," Rayner said. "He just kind of scheduled it for me. It was a time that was best for him and best for me and worked out for my parents."

UNC hosts Louisville that Saturday.

While he's nowhere close to finalizing plans, Rayner, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Leland (N.C.) North Brunswick, says Duke and maybe Maryland are other likely official visit destinations.

The weekend prior to his UNC official trip, Rayner plans to attend the Auburn-South Carolina game in Columbia. He's also working on setting up unofficial visits to East Carolina and Virginia Tech for games.

Although Duke has been his leader for much of his recruitment, Rayner says UNC has surpassed the Blue Devils.

"[UNC's] players are pretty cool and their alumni support is very strong, especially around here," Rayner said.

Despite those strong feelings, Rayner says a verbal commitment to UNC during his official visit to the school is unlikely.

"I just want to go there and compare it more," Rayner said. "I don't think I'll be ready to make a decision."

UNC, like most schools, is recruiting Rayner as a linebacker. He was moved out to linebacker during his junior season after beginning his prep career as a defensive end.

"I'm still trying to get a feel for [linebacker] right now," Rayner said. "I know it's my best position, but I'm trying to get comfortable playing out in space and dropping into coverage."

Rayner says he receives daily letters from UNC and speaks to the coaching staff on the phone once a week. In addition to Williams, Rayner communicates often with UNC assistant coaches Art Kaufman and Sam Pittman.

"They mostly just talk about the program and how I would fit in," Rayner said.

With Rayner's help, North Brunswick is off to a 4-0 start to the 2011 season. It opens conference play on Friday against Whiteville (N.C.).

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