Rainey names an early favorite

Yulee (FL) three-star tight end Kelvin Rainey is one of the top overall prospects in the Sunshine State's class of 2012, and the athletic 6-3, 210 pounder has the offer list to prove it. With early tenders from all three major in-state programs, the heralded recruit is currently favoring an out of state school that plays in the SEC. Read inside for all of the details.

Kelvin Rainey, an athletic two-way player at Yulee High School, was named a second team All-First Coast linebacker as a junior, but he is being recruited by most schools at tight end for his outstanding athleticism and pass-catching ability. Some of his early scholarship offers are from major programs like Florida, Florida State. Miami, Georgia, LSU, Alabama, and South Carolina. However, two programs are standing out above the rest at this early stage, according to Rainey.

"South Carolina and Florida State," he replied when asked about his early favorites. "They both keep in good touch with me. They always call and check up on me. It's pretty good."

The talented junior spoke highly about the in-state Seminoles, who are coming off an ACC Atlantic Division Championship under new head coach Jimbo Fisher.

"Every time I go down there, I feel welcome," Rainey said of Florida State. "The coaches are good. They're always joking and laughing, but when it's time to get down to business then it's all serious. I like the way they act when I go down to visit."

While there is still a ways to go in his recruitment, Rainey admitted that the Gamecocks, who claimed the SEC's Eastern Division title last fall, are currently edging out the Seminoles as the team to beat for his services.

"South Carolina has the edge right now," Rainey said. "I like how they're able to keep in contact with me. Every time I have a game or something big coming up, they always wish me good luck and tell me they can't wait to see me again. Steve Spurrier Jr. is recruiting me. (Our relationship) is tight."

Rainey has not yet visited South Carolina, but he is working on setting up a visit to Columbia in the near future. He also plans to visit Georgia in the coming months, and he is interested in taking an official visit to Southern Cal at some point.

According to Rainey, after he has the chance to take some unofficial visits, a decision could come as early as this summer.

"Probably mid-summer," he noted about a possible decision date. "I'm not set on a timeframe yet, but I've been thinking about that."

When it comes time to make that important decision, the elite Sunshine State prospect said that he will be looking for an overall comfort level in the school that he chooses.

"I'm looking for a school with a really good background. I want to go someplace where I can have fun and relax."

Looking ahead, Rainey listed a few goals that he has for his upcoming senior season.

"I'm just looking to get better, to get bigger and stronger and faster. I want to win a (championship)."

Rainey caught 36 passes for nearly 500 yards and five touchdowns as a junior, while also racking up 76 tackles on defense. He is planning on graduating in December and enrolling at the school of his choice in January.

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