By Keith McGonigle.
With such a highly rated incoming class, Tiger fans seem to have forgotten about loss of DE Da’Quan Bowers. Tigers fans will get a reminder of how dominate he was for Clemson in the next few months when the probable top 3 pick has his highlights are being shown all over the major sports networks. The job for the Clemson coaches now is to find the next great defensive end. Keilin Rayner is one player that the Clemson coaches are targeting, how has he liked the whole recruiting process so far?
“It has been real fun; I have been going around looking at schools and getting a feeling for what type of school I am looking for” said Keilin.
What schools have been looking at the North Carolina native?
“Mostly schools all along the east coast from Virginia to Florida, so the major ACC and SEC schools. So far Duke, East Carolina, and Clemson have offered me.”
What does Keilin know about Clemson?
“I don’t know much, but I always see them running down the hill, and they are in South Carolina.”
Any favorites to this point?
“Mainly in-state schools, I hope to add more offers this summer”
What is the most important thing the 6’3” 220 lbs (4.58 in the 40) end looks for in a school?
“Size, graduation rate, facilities, over all feeling with the team and coaches.”
How did he do as a junior?
“My junior season as a team wasn’t what we hoped, we went 5-7. We played some of the best teams in the state and didn’t show up at times. I had 127 tackles, 3 sacks, 7 TFL, and I think 2 or 3 forced fumbles” said Keilin.
What does the standout lineman think are his biggest strengths and weaknesses?
“I believe my biggest strengths is speed and play recognition. My biggest weaknesses are my lack of flexibility, agility, and height of contact (I tackle to high)” replied Keilin”