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Minnesota Football Recruiting: DB Zahir Rainer signs letter of intent on Early National Signing Day 2023

The Virginia safety is rowing the boat to Minneapolis

GoAUpher would like you to know that this year’s recruitment image was generated using the finest in AI technology. He doesn’t know what the cryptic text above the logo says either, but assures us it is not demonic or pro Iowa or Wisconsin in origin.

Zahir Rainer

Position: Safety
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 185

Hometown: Richmond, VA

247 Sports Composite Rating: .8664

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Arkansas, Boston College, Colorado, Duke, Indiana, Maryland, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Stanford, Syracuse, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and Wake Forest

TDG Commitment Profile

Spring Enrollee: No

Scouting Report

What stands out the most watching Rainer’s film are his instincts and his football I.Q. Not only does he have a nose for the football, but he has good play recognition. Rainer diagnoses plays quickly and then commits, using his straight line speed to close the gap between him and the ball carrier. He is also a very good tackler and can lower the boom when he has the ball carrier in his sights. Rainer is very versatile as a defensive back, able to play center field as a safety but also play near the line of scrimmage and cover the slot. He is an admitted fan of Antoine Winfield Jr. and I think he has the tools to potentially play to his level at Minnesota.

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