Lincoln RB makes his decision

Louis Rankin, a 6-1, 190-pound running back from Stockton (Calif.) Lincoln is ready to announce his college intentions. Despite a strong effort by the Fresno State Bulldogs and a late rally by some other schools, Louis re-confirmed an earlier pledge to attend the University of Washington Sunday afternoon.

"I decided to go to the University of Washington. I decided yesterday. I haven't reached anybody yet, I tried them but they weren't there. I think it was too late. I always wanted to go there but I just wanted to be sure I was making the right decision."

These last few weeks have been trying for Rankin and his family. "It's been hectic," he said. "People have been calling too much, to be truthful. But now it's all over so I can relax. It wasn't the pressure so much, just stressful."

Louis' uncle, Webster Slaughter, was influential in Rankin's decision. "He just told me to be sure, wherever I go," Rankin said of Slaughter's advice. "Go there because I like it, not because I like a coach there or some coach talked me into going there. He didn't care where I went. He just wanted to give me some advice and words of wisdom."

And why were the Huskies such a good fit? "It's a good place where I can come in and showcase my talents," Louis said. "You'll see a runner you haven't seen before. I do a little bit of everything."

Rankin ran for 2200 yards this past season and scored 41 times. He also runs track, with his personal bests in the 100 and 200 are 10.7 and 21.7, respectively.

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