Is a decision coming soon for Rainey?
Kelvin Rainey, an ultra talented and athletic 6-3, 220 pound tight end prospect, had favored South Carolina for several months prior to even making his first trip to USC's campus. On Wednesday, Rainey got his first up-close look at the Gamecock football program, and he thoroughly enjoyed his time in Columbia.
"It went real good. It was a great visit," Rainey said shortly after leaving South Carolina's campus. "I got to check out the facilities, check out where the athletes hang out, the (Dodie academic center), and the buildings for classes. I got to hang out with Steve Spurrier Jr. and Coach (Jay) Graham all day. I got to sit in Coach Spurrier's office and watch film. It was all really good."
The heralded tight end prospect also liked what he heard from the USC coaches about how he could fit into their offensive plans.
"They kept saying they'd like to have me and they can't wait for me to be down here. They want to suit me up now," he said. "They want to keep me at tight end, but they'll also flex me out to create some mismatches."
Another highlight of the day for Rainey was the opportunity to talk with a few of the Gamecocks' star players on the gridiron.
"I got to talk with Alshon Jeffery, (Stephon) Gilmore, and (Stephen) Garcia. They said they can't wait to have me and it's a great place with great facilities. They told me I'd have a lot of fun here."
Following his trip to Columbia, Rainey said that the Gamecocks have increased their lead in the race for his services, and he feels comfortable with the idea of playing his college football at South Carolina.
"South Carolina is the big leader," he said emphatically. "I really like how (the coaches and players) interact and how big on academics they are. It's the way they care for their student athletes. They make sure they've got everything they need to be successful."
Rainey plans to visit Georgia this Saturday, and he will trip to Miami next Saturday. After that, the elite Sunshine State recruit said that he will be ready to make a decision on his college choice.
"After I visit Miami," Rainey replied when asked when he plans to make a decision. "I just want to play with a good group of guys that want to win a championship as badly as I do. I want to play for a good coaching staff that cares for me not just as a football player, but also checks up on me and makes sure I've got good academics and stuff like that. Just a program with a good background, nice facilities, and stuff like that."
Rainey, currently a three-star prospect on Scout.com, holds offers from South Carolina, Florida, Florida State, Miami, Georgia, LSU, Southern Cal, and several others. As a two-way player last season for Yulee, he caught 36 passes for nearly 500 yards and five touchdowns, while also recording 76 tackles on defense. He plans to graduate in December to enroll early at the school of his choice.
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