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Tight end Rainey selects South Carolina

Posted on: July 1, 2011 12:11 am
Edited on: July 1, 2011 12:25 am
Posted by Bryan Fischer

South Carolina fans, still celebrating from the Gamecocks' victory in the College World Series, got another dose of good news when Yulee (Fla.) tight end Kelvin Rainey committed to the school Thursday afternoon.

"I just really liked South Carolina," Rainey told "I've visited there and there wasn't anything that I didn't like. The academics are great. I liked the whole coaching staff. I have been building a relationship with that coaching staff since my sophomore year. There really hasn't been a school that stuck with me like South Carolina."

The heavily pursued Rainey, who held offers from schools such as Florida, Florida State, USC and Notre Dame, is a major victory for South Carolina on the recruiting trail. He credited receivers coach Steve Spurrier Jr. as a key factor in his decision.

"Coach Spurrier Jr. was pretty big during this process," Rainey said. "He has been there the whole time. We have always kept in touch with each other and he is always keeping me updated on things. He let me know how they are going to use me. He is like a close friend."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Rainey is South Carolina's ninth commitment for 2012 but only the second skill position player. He had 20 catches for 413 yards and 5 touchdowns last year as a junior.
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