“He is basically the backbone to everything we have done. You won’t see his name in the headlines, but he has kept (Ryan) Burger upright and paved the way for T.K. (Hill), a back-to-back 1,000 yard rusher.”
— Jeremy Bosken
David Crockett Football coach
By COLLIN BROOKS
For four years David Crockett’s Brandon Rains helped pave the way for a backfield that accumulated over 8,000 yards. On Wednesday, April 27, Rains paved the way to continuing his football career when he signed with Emory and Henry.
Rains became a staple at left tackle for the Pioneers, starting a school record 31 consecutive games at the position.
“He is basically the backbone to everything we have done,” David Crockett coach Jeremy Bosken said. “You won’t see his name in the headlines, but he has kept (Ryan) Burger upright and paved the way for T.K. (Hill), a back-to-back 1,000 yard rusher.”
Now Rains, who was also a member of the David Crockett basketball team, is hoping that he will be able to pave the way for more running backs during his time as a left tackle at Emory and Henry.
“They have been talking like they need me to get in there and get some reps in right now,” Rains said. “That was a factor, it was important to me that I would have an opportunity to play. I just didn’t want to go anywhere for the next few years, I wanted to get in there and get to playing.”
The senior made plenty of trips to colleges in the area, but he finally decided on Emory and Henry after taking a visit there.
“It is just a huge relief off my shoulders,” Rains said. “It took a while, I didn’t really start the recruiting process until this year and to finally find a school, it is just great. They just pursued me and ever since I took a visit I just really liked it. The campus is beautiful and I just love the whole coaching staff, they really have the family feel.”
And that family feel is exactly what Bosken said Rains brought to the Pioneers as one of the leaders on the team.
“The guys on our team, they know who leads the show,” Bosken said. “And he carried that over to the basketball season, he is that steady rock. And those are guys that you need.”
Even though his time is up as a Pioneer, Rains said they are times that he will reflect fondly on.
“It’s been great, going to the playoffs and really rebranding the community and get the community excited and involved,” Rains said. “When I was a freshman, everyone was a little down and nobody really cared about athletics. I am just glad to be part of the class that just really helped bring it back up.”
Rains is undecided in what he will major in.