Among those that attended Florida's Junior Day on Saturday was Yulee (Fla.) tight end Kelvin Rainey. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound prospect has been in Gainesville a few times before but Saturday was a bit different.
"I have been there a few times before," Rainey said. "But with Coach (Will) Muschamp he brings something different to it all. Today wasn't just about football, he was talking about academics first and having a fallback plan."
The moment that the North Florida prospect stepped on campus, he was surrounded by members of the Gator's staff.
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"All of the coaches talked to me when I got there," Rainey said. "They all knew who I was and jumped right into it. They connected with me immediately when I got there."
Rainey held an offer from Florida's staff under Urban Meyer. On Saturday, it was confirmed that offer still stood, but the new staff in Gainesville wants Rainey in a different role.
"It wasn't so much that they said they were offering me, but they said they want me at Florida," Rainey said. "When I first got there, the defensive coordinator (Dan Quinn) asked me where I wanted to play and I told him on the offensive side of the ball but he said that he and Coach Muschamp were looking at my tape earlier and really think I could play on the defensive side of the ball, as a linebacker. So we were talking about it and he told me they really want me to play linebacker there."
Making a move to the defensive side of the ball at the next level is a possibility Rainey is willing to consider. In addition to Florida recruiting him for that side of the ball, Alabama has also made mention of the possibility.
"I want to play offense but if I get a chance to show my talent at linebacker then that is the chance I get," Rainey said. "It isn't a dealbreaker."
All in all, his day at the Swamp made a good impression.
"It was definitely the best time I have had at UF," Rainey said.
Another SEC program got into the picture earlier in the week.
"Georgia offered me this week," Rainey said. "Coach (Tony) Ball told me they were offering. They like me as a tight end. He said they really want to get me there and want to work with me. They believe I can be a top target in their offense because I can go up and get the ball. I can also block and open up lanes for them."
On March 26th, Rainey is planning to attend Georgia's Junior Day.
The Gators and Bulldogs are joined by Florida State, South Carolina, South Florida, Florida International, LSU, Miami, and Texas Tech as schools that have extended an offer to Rainey. As has been the case for the past several months, one out-of-state program remains atop that list of schools.
"South Carolina is still my leader," Rainey said.
As a junior, Rainey recorded 450 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns.