Houston Stratford will long be known as the former high school of Stanford star quarterback Andrew Luck and the Spartans have certainly done well on the offensive side of the ball in recent years. However, the defense is no slouch either.
Cornerback Kelvin Rainey has been a standout on varsity for quite some time. With older brothers that play for Arizona and New Mexico, the 6-foot-1, 174-pound defender certainly has the bloodlines for college football and recently he has picked up his first handful of offers.
"I have a few offers so far," Rainey said. "Virginia, Texas State, Lamar University, McNeese and Rice have offered me. Most of them came in during the spring. They sort of all came as a surprise to me. Rice was the first to offer and then most of the others came after practice."
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Though Rainey has not been able to take any visits up to this point, he plans to change that relatively soon.
"I haven't been anywhere this summer," he said, "but I plan on going up to Virginia once the season starts. I'm going to take an official visit up there. That's t only one I have planned so far but I plan on visiting more."
In addition to the schools that have offered, Rainey feels a Big 12 program could follow suit at some point.
"I think maybe Texas Tech," he said of schools close to offering. "I want to take a trip up there too."
Rainey is not the only standout defensive back for Stratford as safety A.J. Justice has picked up offers as well.
"He has the same exact offers I have," Rainey said of Justice. "Most of the schools like both of us. We could end up playing together but it's not something we've really talked about. If it happens, it happens."
Though the recruiting process is relatively new to Rainey, he does admit to having two schools on top.
"Right now Virginia and Rice are (standing out)," he said. "They've offered and I've had a chance to talk to the coaches a lot. Both are good places education-wise for sure."