Rankin Values Time with Future OC Cignetti

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Camping at Rutgers after committed two months ago, quarterback Blake Rankin spoke with ScarletReport.com about the learning experience and his recruiting efforts.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- When Blake Rankin came to Rutgers camp as a rising junior, he was already a top performer. As a rising senior and Rutgers commit, Rankin yet again stood out.

The 6-fooot-4 Bloomsburg Area (Bloomsburg, Pa.) quarterback spent three days on campus as a full camper and drilled for more than 10 hours with offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

"I like him a lot," Rankin said. "I love him. He's very intense. That was a big part of why I wanted to come [to the full camp] is to be around him. He's awesome to be around. He's a very different person on the field than he is off the field. I like that about him."

Rankin committed to Rutgers during the spring game this year, but had never spent significant on-field time Cignetti, who was with Pittsburgh last year at this time.

"He's very intense on the field," Rankin said. "He's very demanding on the field. I like that a lot. Then off the field, he's very relaxed. He's easy to work with in the film room and loves to teach."

Rankin was the top Class of 2012 quarterback on-campus during camp. Cignetti frequently used him to demonstrate proper technique during drills.

Rankin also had the opportunity yesterday to work with fellow Class of 2012 commit Carlton Agudosi, who vested for the day to be coached by P.J. Fleck.

"That's cool," Rankin said. "It's nice to know that Coach Cignetti thinks that highly of me to use me for stuff like that. There are some other really good quarterbacks out here."

Rankin spent time on the field recruiting top Class of 2013 quarterbacks as well as working on drills. Christopher Laviano already held a Rutgers offer going into camp and Stone Bridge (Ashburn, Va.) quarterback Ryan Burns picked one up upon leaving Piscataway.

Both impressed Rankin, he said, but the best possible recruiting news came last week when his friend Chris Muller committed after an unofficial visit.

"I was so excited," Rankin said. "He'd been telling me for like two months that he was going to commit, but then it happened and it was excited. I came down with him last Tuesday to hang out with him for the day. Then Wednesday I was at home lifting and I got a call on my cell and one of our players was like ‘yo Blake, Chris Muller is calling you?' And I knew exactly what it was before I picked it up."

Muller chose Rutgers over Penn State and both he and Rankin told ScarletReport.com that the two already plan to room together at Rutgers at this time next year.

"I was so happy," Rankin said. "We're friends and it's good to know Chris will be protecting me out here."

Rankin said he loves the Pennsylvania influence in Rutgers' recruiting class with he, Muller and Desmon Peoples committed. Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) center Brandon Arcidiacono and Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) tailback Drew Harris are still top targets for Rutgers.

"Hopefully we can get some more Pa. guys here," he said. "I really like helping recruit. Getting to know guys before they come on-board is cool. I just tell them about how much I love the program and how good we are going to be and how great the coaches are."

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