Carolina athlete bursting on national scene

Incredible Windsor, N.C. athlete JeJuan Rankins plans on checking out Norman

JEJUAN RANKINS
Position: WR/DB
Height: 6'0
Weight: 160
Speed: 4.41
Hometown: Windsor, N.C.
School: Windsor (Bertie)

JeJuan is a super athlete who has just now emerged on the national scene. A 3-year starter, Rankins played rover, safety, wide receiver and quarterback his sophomore year. Rankins' junior year he played wide receiver, safety and returned kicks and punts. This year he is back at quarterback, plus playing safety and he is still returning kicks and punts.

Rankins finished last season with 42 catches for 1,063 and 13 TDs. On defense, Rankins made 64 tackles and came up with an amazing 15 interceptions, just two short of the state record. Thus far, Bertie is 5-1 and Rankins isn't sure what his stats are at quarterback. On defense,Rankins has one interception this year.

"We moved to a different conference," said Rankins. "Nobody throws the ball in this conference."

Rankins is being recruiting more at wide receiver than safety, but says he will play on either side of the ball. Rankins went to the Michigan and North Carolina State summer camps, plus he visited the Tennessee campus unofficially.

Rankins starts in hoops (10.7 ppg and 3.0 rpg) and runs track (200M/22.1, 4 X 100 (anchor), 4 X 200 (anchor). Rankins can bench 230 pounds and has a nice 34-inch vertical jump.

"The schools I have narrowed my choices down too are Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia and Notre Dame," said Rankins. "Oklahoma is a good school, but I have never been up there. I know I am going to take an official visit there. However, from what I know about them thus far I know they are pretty good. I am not sure about Notre Dame, because it looks like they are going to change coaches. Michigan was my favorite team growing up and Georgia is somewhat close to home. I have set up a visit with Michigan (12-14) thus far, but I will set up visits to the other schools as well. I don't think I have a favorite school right now."

Rankins is qualified.


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