Kelvin Rainey, an early three-star prospect, caught the eye
of scouts this past fall when he played both ways at Yulee High, earning Second
Team All-First Coast linebacker honors from the Florida Times-Union in the
On offense Rainey lined up at tight end, where Yulee head
coach Bobby Ramsay utilized his size – 6-foot-3, 216-pounds – to create
mismatches with linebackers or safeties in coverage.
While a couple of schools are talking defense, Rainey feels
that he will likely stick on the offensive side of the ball.
“I just don’t really feel like a defensive guy, but if I get
a good vibe from a school and see that I can come in and play some linebacker
then I will do it,” he said. “Alabama, Florida and Rutgers are some teams that
have mentioned linebacker. Everyone else likes me as a receiving tight end.”
The LSU staff has used DeAngelo Peterson as a pass-catching
tight end during the past two seasons, a 6-foot-4, 243-pounder who came out of
high school as a 6-foot-3, 205-pound wide receiver.
“I feel like I could fit into that same mold as a guy who
can just keep getting mismatches in the passing game because of my size,”
Rainey said. “LSU got in touch with me last week and jumped in with a
scholarship. Southern Cal, Georgia, Miami and Arkansas were some of the other
schools that have been showing interest lately. It’s definitely getting more
and more interesting.
“The LSU offer felt kind of good. I am interested to know
more because I haven’t been over there yet. I grew up here in Florida, moved to
Alabama, and then moved back here a few years back. I will be sure to get over
there for a visit at some point here soon.”
Rainey recently wrapped up basketball season and plans on
making a string of unofficial visits to college campuses as he pushes through school
and workouts during the spring semester. LSU, South Carolina and Georgia are
among the teams on the short list of destinations.
“I want to see some places that I know I am serious about,”
said Rainey, who is a December graduate. “I will enroll early at a school, so I
will probably treat my summer like the fall and take all the final visits then.
“LSU is definitely one of the teams I want to see, though.
It will probably be for a camp this summer, though I’m not sure if I will do a
lot of working out when I go to these places. I will do some one-on-ones or
show off technique stuff for coaches, but I want my main focus on these visits
to be about getting to know the staffs personally and see the campus up close.”
While Florida State and South Carolina are considered two of
the lead teams in the race for Rainey’s services, the Sunshine State standout
remains committed to keeping his options open.
“I haven’t named any top teams or anything like that yet
because I want to give everyone a look before I move forward,” he said. “I kind
of know what schools I like. I don’t even read the letters they send anymore.
My coaches just get them now. I would rather talk to them on the phone, so I
will try to chat for about 30 minutes with a coach each week. That helps me get
a good feel for everything.”
Rainey plans to have his decision made before the start of
his senior season.
The LSU coaching staff has sent out scholarship offers to tight ends across the country, the latest going out to Florida standout Kelvin Rainey, a 6-foot-3, 216-pounder who has seen his stock skyrocket in recent months.
Yulee's Kelvin Rainey has seen his process pick up steam over the past two months