October 12, 2008
TCU still among Rainey's tops
Like thousands of others located in southeast Texas, Houston Northbrook athlete Derrick Rainey felt the effects of Hurricane Ike. His team didn't have a game for twenty one days while the looming effects of Ike forced teams to miss games and re-shuffle their seasons.
Northbrook played two games last week losing both, and since a season opening win over Milby, the Raiders have lost three in a row. One of the bright spots for the 1-3 Raiders has been the play of Rainey. Last week the 6-foot-2, 185-pounder ranked fifth in 18-5A in rushing.
"Everything is back on track," Rainey said. "The season has been kind of rough but I think we're doing better than last year I think."
Rainey, who lines primarily at running back, also plays receiver and safety for the Raiders.
"I'm playing everywhere, mostly at running back," he said. "I was standing at fifth in our district, 18-5A. I don't know what my stats are."
Rainey has three offers on the table from TCU, Iowa State, and Arizona. Another team has started to show the athlete some increased attention.
"I have the three offers from Arizona, Iowa State, and TCU. And Missouri, I think they are really close to offering. Missouri has been talking to me a lot, they have me marked down as an athlete but they're looking at me as a receiver, running back, or free safety."
Rainey says the increased attention from Missouri has pushed them near the top of the list of schools he's considering.
"I guess my favorite right now is the team that really just got in the picture and that's Missouri. They've always been my favorite, but now they're starting to talk to me a lot more."
Although the Tigers sit atop Rainey's list, he says the Frogs are still a team that sits high as well.
"TCU is still high on my tops," he said. "I've been keeping up with them watching the games and looking at the stats. They're recruiting me as a wide receiver."
Rainey was scheduled to make an official visit to TCU when the Frogs hosted Stanford but due to Ike, he was forced to miss the trip.
"They(TCU) re-scheduled my visit for after the season," he said. "My next visit is December 6th to Arizona and then TCU and Missouri."
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