USF in final three for top DL Sheldon Rankins

Eastside's Sheldon Rankins, a 3-star defensive end from Covington, GA has been recovering from an injury that ended his season, while focusing on school, the recruiting process and narrowing down his school choices.

Sheldon Rankins, the 3-star defensive end out of Eastside HS in Covington, GA is one of the top uncommitted d-line prospects and number one on the Bulls board.

Rankins missed the last two games of the season with a hairline fracture of his fibula, but still finished with 60 tackles, 17 tackles for-a-loss, nine sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, two interceptions, a defensive score off of a fumble recovery that he took 60 yards, and also had 2 blocked kicks.

"Everything's been going great with my injury, and I should be getting clearance the next week or so," said Rankins. "I'm still able to work out, but it's been mostly upper body and core workouts. It was hard to miss the end of the season, but I'll be good to go in just a little bit."

The 6-foot-3, 255 pound prospect has over 20 offers, but has narrowed his choices down to a top 3 programs.

"Right now I've narrowed it down to Louisville, South Florida, and Wake Forest," said Rankins. "I don't have a pecking order or a favorite, but those will be who I'll be choosing from."

Rankins in the process of setting up visits to his top choices and just got back from an official visit to Louisville.

"I had a very good visit to Louisville," said Rankins. "I liked the campus, the facilities, the coaches and the overall environment. Everything was real nice."

The Eastside D-lineman has already visited USF twice for unofficial visits and hasn't yet been to Wake, but wants to sometime in the near future.

"I'd like to take an official visit to Wake Forest in January," said Rankins. "I'm supposed to go to South Florida, but since I've been there twice, I don't know if I need to go there again. I may still go, but I'm not sure yet."

Rankins has been to Tampa twice and said he really enjoyed everything about it, and talked about what keeps the Bulls among his leaders.

"They're an up and coming program, and are just a few plays away from being at the top of the Big East," said Rankins. "They have a great core group of players coming back, have a great coaching staff, they're in a great area, and are a great place all around."

He said he speaks the most with USF defensive line coach Kevin Patrick and has bonded with him over his recruitment

"I have a great relationship with Coach Patrick. we talk a lot about everything. Not just about football, but about school, life and just about anything," said Rankins. "He's a real cool guy, funny, and a great coach. I like him a lot."

The coveted prospect said he's getting close to making a decision, with it probably coming sometime in January, but knows what he's looking for in a program.

"I'm looking for a great education, that's number one, just in case something happens with football, that's something you can always fall back on," said Rankins. "I'm looking for a family atmosphere, the coaching staff, and playing time. I want to have the opportunity to play as early as possible."


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