Va Sleeper To Visit In December

Two of the bigger needs for North Carolina's 2006 recruiting class were obviously tailback and linebacker – so why not pursue a utility player that can play both?

Quinton Rainey, a 5-foot-11, 220-pounder from Virginia Beach (Va.) Landstown, fits that bill. As a junior, Rainey rushed for over 800 yards and seven touchdowns, while accumulating 105 tackles, two sacks, and two interceptions in just seven games.

"They said they are recruiting me as a running back, but they said they most likely would like me to play linebacker," said Rainey. "I talk to the running back coach [Andre Powell], and the linebacker coach [Tommy Thigpen]."

Rainey has yet to check out North Carolina's campus, but figures to do so during an official visit later in the year.

"I haven't been there yet, but they said they want me to take an [official] visit up there in December," said Rainey.

In addition to the Tar Heels, Rainey has received scholarship offers from Maryland, Marshall, and Kent State.

Rainey, who is planning a January decision, lists UNC – as well as Maryland, Marshall, and N.C. State – on his favorites list.

"I like [UNC] a lot," said Rainey. "I like the offense and I like the defense – I like the smash mouth football."

Over the summer, Rainey transferred into Landstown from cross-town rival Tallwood. The decision made Rainey a big fish in a big pond as Landstown's nationally-ranked squad includes the likes of wide receivers five-star Percey Harvin and three-star Damon McDaniel.

While helping Landstown reach a 5-0 record, Rainey has totaled over 40 tackles on defense, and 300 yards and four touchdowns on offense.

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