"I picked Mississippi State, because it's a chance to play pretty close to home and it's a good opportunity for me," said Rankin. "I feel like Mississippi State is place that I can go and be happy on and off the field.
"There is a lot of opportunity there and I feel like I can go there and be developed. They have a good track record for developing players."
Slotted to compete for the left tackle spot in the starting lineup this spring, Rankin reports that he left Starkville last weekend favoring the Bulldogs.
"I just got back from my official visit on Sunday and I was leaning that way," said Rankin of the Bulldogs. "I told them before I left that unless something changed, I was going to be signing with them.
"I just needed a couple of days to be sure about everything and then I knew for sure this morning."
Rankin announced for Mississippi State at 9:30 AM this morning at a ceremony in Perkinston, Mississippi where several MGCCC Bulldogs declared their four year school intentions.
With the decision making process over and the verdict now official, Rankin is eager to begin his Mississippi State career.
"I am just ready to get up there and get to work," said Rankin. "I can't wait to be there and be with everybody getting ready for the season. I feel like I can enjoy Mississippi State on and off of the field and I am ready.
"It's been a long journey for me and I am glad that all of this is over. It's been a good day for me. Everybody is really happy for me and I know that I made the best decision for me and my future."