The Shrine Bowl mandates that both teams run a ‘50' defense, while North Brunswick has ran a 4-3 scheme. In both defenses, Rayner, a 6-foot-3, 228-pounder, lines up at inside linebacker.
"There's not really a difference, because I still have O-linemen coming at me," Rayner said. "Mainly, [in the ‘50' defense] there's more linemen coming at you and you can see the flow of the play more – it's easier to see the gaps and what the offense is trying to do."
Although he's working with the second string unit, Rayner expects to see plenty of playing time on Saturday.
On the recruiting front, North Carolina remains the only school that Rayner has officially visited. But he does have a January official trip scheduled to East Carolina.
"I have to send my [senior] highlight tape into Maryland and if they offer me I'll probably visit there," Rayner said. "South Carolina, Clemson, and Duke wanted me to wait [to officially visit], so I might visit those schools [in January]."
Following his UNC official visit, Rayner labeled the Tar Heels his leader. He has since cooled on those feelings.
"[UNC] is still pretty high on my list, but it depends on how the coaching situation works out," Rayner said. "They have a new coach and he's probably going to bring in new [assistant] coaches. I'm pretty much waiting it out."
The last conversation Rayner had with a representative of UNC was Art Kaufman early last week – before Larry Fedora was named head coach. During the conversation, Kaufman foreshadowed that a coaching change was on the horizon but couldn't predict his future or the future of the rest of the staff.
"I don't know much about [Fedora]," Rayner said. "I had planned to look into him myself, but I haven't had a chance yet."