Far From Over

Mississippi Gulf Coast CC offensive lineman Martinas Rankin continues to be one of the hottest names in the recruiting circles in the state of Mississippi. With offers from around the country to consider, Rankin had narrowed his finalists to a trio of schools. With the college football season now in its' second half, a pair of schools may be making a move towards the top.

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"I still have the same top three of Oklahoma, Mississippi State and Ole Miss," said Rankin. "Oklahoma is supposed to be coming down soon.

"We still stay in touch a good bit and they are still talking about be coming up there."

The Sooners are the only school to host Rankin officially so far, but Mississippi State and Ole Miss have both had the talented offensive lineman on campus for gameday visits earlier this season.

The arch-rivals are both ranked in the top three nationally for their play this fall. Rankin plans to see both of them again later this year.

"I haven't been able to go to many games this year, because it conflicts with some of our games," said Rankin. "We play a lot on Saturdays, so I haven't been able to do a lot of traveling.

"We are expecting to be in the playoffs and we will probably be in a bowl game somewhere, so I am going to have to take my visits after all of that.

"I am talking with Mississippi State and Ole Miss about taking my visits in December."

Rankin denies an overall leader, but reports that the chances of him staying in state for his final two years of college may be increasing.

"Seeing what Mississippi State and Ole Miss have done this year is real exciting," said Rankin. "Being from Mississippi, it makes you proud and makes you want to be a part of that.

"I am really thinking about that a lot, but both of them are even right now.

"I can't really make a decision between them until I take my visits up there and see how it all looks.

"I am going to take my time and make a decision pretty late."

Gulf Coast wraps up their regular season this Saturday when they travel to Itawamba.

"We are working hard and trying to get over that loss last week," said Rankin of last week's game with Co-Lin. "It was a tough loss.

"We drove down the field and took the lead and then they ran the kickoff back for a touchdown.

"We're just moving on from that now and trying to close out the season with a win and get ready for the playoffs."

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