November 11, 2008

Raineri ready to see Fort Collins

A win over the top-ranked team in Florida Friday night kicked off what should be a big week for Orlando (Dr. Phillips High) quarterback Nico Raineri. The Sunshine State signalcaller will start the state playoffs this Friday before boarding a plane due for Fort Collins on Saturday where he will visit Colorado State University.

Raineri will be joined on the visit by teammate, defensive end Victor Gray.

Raineri and Gray both had huge games for Dr. Phillips last week as the Panthers destroyed Boone High School 42-27. Raineri completed 20-of-28 passes for 377 yards and five scores through the air. He added another 23 yards rushing and one touchdown as well. Gray was good for five quarterback sacks.

"It was big for our offense," Raineri said of the win. "Going into the game, Boone's defense had only allowed three touchdowns all year. It was a better week of preparation and they are in the same district as us. All the players really knew the significance of the game and we probably had our best week of practice in terms of intensity."

Friday night the Panthers will take on Durant High in the state playoffs before Raineri catches a 7:27 a.m. plane to Fort Collins.

"Once they get off the plane there, we go to the University, meet with coaches and see pre-game, watch the game and go on about my visit," said Raineri.

"I want to see the university, the athletic facilities, the area, meeting with the coaches, players and just seeing what life is like in Fort Collins."

Currently Raineri holds offers from Colorado State, Middle Tennessee State and Furman and is hearing fro Cornell College and Boston College. Ranieri's measurables include size of 6-foot-1, 205 pounds and a 4.6 40-yard dash. He also owns an unweighted GPA of 3.1, weighted GPA of 4.1 and an 1130 on his SAT, which will open his college choices even more.

Raineri won't be alone during his visit. He will be joined by Gray and will stay with CSU cornerback Gerard Thomas, who Raineri has played basketball with in junior high and high school.

"I believe it will make the trip a little more enjoyable rather than going by myself," Raineri said. "We (Gray and Raineri) both have scholarship offers from two of the same schools and one of our visits is together this week. It is exciting to be able to do recruiting with one of my teammates."

Raineri said he probably wouldn't commit unless CSU, "blew my socks off," but he wants to take a more calculated approach to his recruitment.

"I don't plan on committing this weekend, just plan on going out and taking it as my first visit. I'd like to visit a few more schools and the (CSU) coaches talked about meeting my parents and my parents would like to meet the coaches as well."

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