Rutgers Commit Rankin Focused on Season

Bloomsburg (Pa.) High quarterback Blake Rankin committed to Rutgers more than four months ago, a decision that has given him peace of mind heading into his senior season. ScarletReport.com caught up with Rankin to talk about his upcoming season, and his comfort level with the Scarlet Knights.

Bloomsburg (Pa.) High quarterback and Rutgers commit Blake Rankin was 23 rushing yards shy of finishing with at least 1,000 yards rushing and passing, but he doesn't think he will crack the double milestone as a senior.

And that is a good thing.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound Rankin said the development of the receivers should allow him to showcase is passing game more this season.

"Our receivers have gotten better, which is going to allow me to throw the ball a lot more and make plays throwing the ball," Rankin said. "I think this year I'll do less running and more drop-back throwing the ball. I think my passing game has improved, but these young kids are starting to grow up, so it makes it easier for me."

Rankin threw for 240 yards and three touchdowns during his final scrimmage, and that is coming off a junior season in which he completed 74 of 150 passes for 1,400 yards, 17 touchdowns and three interceptions. (He rushed for 977 yards and 16 touchdowns).

"We have about nine seniors, but a lot of our receivers are young kids, a lot of sophomores and juniors," Rankin said. "They can catch the ball. They're quick."

Another thing Rankin plans to enjoy about his junior season is the lack of recruiting that will take place.

Rankin committed to Rutgers at the spring game, and has made numerous visits to campus since then.

"I'm happy that I got my decision out of the way," he said. "I'm feeling a lot more comfortable going into the season and looking to have a strong year again and keep it going. It's nice to be able to focus on my team, where last year it was, ‘Where am I going to visit the next day?'

"It was playing in a football game at night, waking up the next morning at six o'clock and heading up to Penn State, or heading out to Rutgers."

Rankin added his dabbling in recruiting is as a recruiter, calling prospects and talking to them about joining him at Rutgers.

But his focus isn't on recruiting, and it won't be a big part of it again until it comes time for his yet-to-be-scheduled official visit.

"I'm going to do mine after the season," Rankin said. "I've been talking to a lot of the kids, and they are also going to do it after the season."


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