Sheldon Rankins sets official visit

Sheldon Rankins, a 6-foot-3, 260-pound defensive end at Eastside High School in Covington, Ga., is planning on taking an official visit to Wake Forest the weekend of January 15th. Rankins said the Deacon staff has come on strong as of late, and the interest is definitely mutual. He talks about the Demon Deacons here...

"First of all, Wake Forest has top notch academics," said Sheldon Rankins. "You can't beat the quality of the education they offer. It's a private school, so you're classes won't have that many students. You can get plenty of one-on-one attention.

"They play in a big time conference, the ACC. This year they were just a couple of plays away from playing for an ACC championship."

Rankins took a December official to the University of Louisville. He was supposed to visit South Florida for his second visit, but couldn't make the trip. He may reschedule for January before making his final decision.

"The only two visits I'll make [in January] will probably just be to Wake Forest and USF," said Rankins. "I'm going to Wake Forest with my mother, brother, and sister.

"I'm hoping to pick a school that has a good family environment with excellent academics. As far as the football program, I want to go somewhere I can try to make an impact early and contribute in some way."

Unfortunately Rankins' senior season was cut short due to injury. He suffered a hairline fracture of the fibula in his right leg in the Eastside Eagles eighth game of the season.

"I'm just now starting to walk again," said Rankins on his recovery. "By mid-January I should be ready to start training five, six days a week.

"I was having a good season using some of my pass rushing moves to beat double and triple teams. Instead of being a straight pass rusher, I was better overall."

Rankins reported 50 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, nine sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and two blocked kicks on the season. He usually plays basketball, but will sit out the season as he continues to rehab his leg injury. He does plan on throwing shot put in the spring.

Eastside finished 5-5 on the season missing the Georgia AAA playoffs. Rankins was named All-State honorable mention despite missing the Eagles final two games.

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