Virginia Tech Makes Top 10 for Raines

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There are 10 schools in consideration for Aliquippa (Pa.) four-star safety Kwantel Raines. Last week he released a top list that should set the stage for a further trim later this summer.

Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Penn State, West Virginia, Florida, Maryland, LSU, South Carolina and California are those still standing for Raines. He has a timeframe in mind for when he’ll make his final choice, but up first are a few visits.

Getting to this point, Raines, No. 219 in the Rivals250, said he took a few aspects into account.

“I’ve just gotten to communicate with them a lot,” he said. “They all have nice football. Some of them I can play early, some I feel like I can develop well at the school.”

Of that group, Raines visited only Pittsburgh and Penn State this spring. He’d seen them prior to that a few times as well.

“I’ve been at both schools a lot,’ Raines said. “It’s nothing really new that I didn’t know already. I just got into the playbook and saw what schemes they run. I just liked what I saw with both.”

Though Raines has yet to see the Hokies, he said a few characteristics have kept them on his radar.

“I know they’re top in the nation in computer networking,” Raines said. “That’s going to weigh heavily in my decision. And they produce a lot of defensive backs, which is really good.”

Raines said he’s also touched base, albeit only a little, with assistant coaches Brian Mitchell and Galen Scott. But it’s been the track record of both, as well as Virginia Tech’s ‘DBU’ that has him most intrigued.

“I just feel like I have a chance to make it to the NFL coming out of there,” Raines said. “I didn’t get a chance to talk to them that much yet, though.”

On June 14, Raines said he plans to take his first visit to Kentucky. The following weekend, he’ll be at West Virginia.

“I know a lot about West Virginia,” Raines said. “Kentucky, I don’t know much, so I want to see the schemes, how the coaches know football. I’m looking forward to seeing everything.”

No other visits are planned for now. But Raines said he hopes to see most, if not all of the schools in his top list, to get a better feel for his options.

“It’s going to be a lot more research, more visits,” he said. “Then I’ll trim it to five or six and commit around the start of the season. I’ll cut it down then. I just want