Star JC defensive end eyes Washington State

THE JUNIOR COLLEGE defensive player of the year in California, end Brandon Rankin of national JC champion Butte, will be tripping to Washington State this month. The 6-4, 250-pound All-American is coming off a monster season and is getting all kinds of recruiting attention.

"Washington State offered me a couple of weeks ago and I'm visiting them on January 23rd," Rankin told JCFootball.com on Sunday afternoon.

"I mean, they have a good school and I talked to their D-line coach (Malik Roberson) and he said the only real part of their team that struggled last year was their defensive line, so they want me to come in and get after the QB."

As a sophomore this season for the top-ranked Roadrunners, he posted 24 sacks and 62 tackles. As a freshman in 2007 he had 17 tackles and 2 sacks.

"I used my speed and I started working on some moves as well," Rankin said. "Here (at the JC level) I could use my athleticism, but I know at D-1 I will need some moves and in the NFL, those guys all have moves, so I worked on that as well last summer."

Besides his visit to Washington State, Rankin said other schools are working hard to get him to visit and he's close to locking in at least two more officials.

"Oregon State and Louisville want me to visit them," Rankin said. "They haven't offered me yet, but they said they will probably offer me on my visit after they have a chance to go over my transcripts and stuff.

"LSU offered me, but they want me to redshirt, so I might do that and North Carolina State offered me a while ago and I might visit them too, I'm not sure yet though."

Rankin is from North Carolina. He prepped at West Brunswick High in Shallotte. He was on the recruiting radar there, but academic hurdles detoured him to the JC ranks.

Rankin said he's working hard to finish up his two-year degree in May and he'll have three years to play two.

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