Rankin talks Junior Day offer

After checking out Ohio State and Kentucky earlier in the week, rising Orlando, Fla., LB Ryne Rankin attended Louisville's Junior Day on Saturday, where he received an offer from Charlie Strong. Rankin is heavily considering Louisville and spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his visit.

Ryne Rankin is one of the top linebackers in the state of Florida and his recruitment is starting to take off. Rankin, a 6'1, 215 pound prospect from Orlando East River, already had offers from Cincinnati, UConn, and Temple before visiting several BCS schools this week, including Louisville.

After checking out Ohio State and Kentucky earlier in the week, Rankin attended Louisville's Junior Day on Saturday. While on the Cardinals campus, Charlie Strong gave Rankin his most recent scholarship offer.

"It means a lot," Rankin told InsideTheVille.com. "The experience was good, I liked the facilities and everything about it. There were a lot of (prospects) there today. Probably 10-15 that I saw at the Florida's Junior Day. It was exciting Florida guys up there making their way around.

"After I checked in, Coach Brian Jean-Mary brought me back to Coach Strong's office and we talked for a minute and then Coach Strong offered me a scholarship."

Rankin will visit Western Kentucky on Sunday. He's planning on making a college decision later this spring and said Cincinnati and Louisville are the two schools he's considering the most at the moment. Before leaving Louisville, Rankin spoke with linebacker Preston Brown, a native of Cincinnati who committed to the Bearcats before changing his decision to sign with Strong's program.

"He talked about how he was committed to Cincinnati, but Coach Strong changed his mind two days before signing day," Rankin said. "I talked to him about how much he likes the program and the facilities at [Louisville]."

A sure tackler, Rankin enjoyed an outstanding junior season, earning first team Florida Class A honors. He recorded nearly 200 tackles last year.

"I finished my junior season with 189 tackles," said Rankin. "I'm a down-hill football player. I wreak havoc on defense. I made first team all-state and I play full speed and make contact. I don't arm tackle people; I run through them. I just read the ball and make tackles."

After he completes his visits, Rankin plans to get serious about choosing a school. He and his family will talk about his options before he pulls the trigger on a college decision this spring.

"I've got to figure out the place where I feel right," Rankin said. "I'm not really sure yet, but I'll make my decision this spring. We'll see what happens after we talk as a family. Cincinnati is up there because my dad [Marc Rankin] played there and they have a good criminal justice program. And Louisville is really nice, too. So it could be about tied. We'll see what happens."


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