The Tar Heels have put themselves in good position to land this 6-foot-3, 255 pound defensive lineman out of Covington (Ga.) Eastside.
He has moved his decision up close to six months.
"I originally said I would be committing in February of next year, but I think by August I will have a firm grasp on where I want to go now."
Who else is still in the running with UNC?
"Louisville, South Florida, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State," answered Rankins.
He attended UNC's three-day camp last summer.