Rankin getting ready for big season

Butte College is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball this season and a player that could be a huge key to the Road Runners' season is DE Brandon Rankin (6-5, 250). The North Carolina native moved west to continue his football career and after a solid freshman campaign in 2007, he's ready to break out this year after an offseason of hard work.

"I got recruited out of high school, but I wasn't going to qualify," Rankin told JCFootball.com recently. "My high school coach knew a couple of coaches out here and he made some calls and he said Butte was the best fit for me, so I came out here.

"It's been great. We have a good team, I like the coaches a lot and I feel like we could be really good this coming season."

As a freshman, Rankin didn't post huge numbers, but he still managed to notch 17 tackles, 2.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks, while working in the rotation with several other talented linemen.

"We play a Bear defense, so actually I played inside a lot," Rankin said. "I'm being recruited to play mainly on the outside, but here I play all over the place."

Rankin has solid physical numbers to go with his ideal height and size. He has a 375 pound max on the bench press and he squats 425 pounds while also posting a solid 4.9 forty time.

"I'm working this summer on my speed," Rankin said. "My strength and my technique are good, but I want to get my forty down to a 4.7, so my focus has been on speed drills and quickness drills, just so I can have that aspect of my game down as well.

"When I'm rushing the quarterback, I love being head up on the tackle and getting on him quickly. That's when I can go to work and use my rip move or my swim move or just get the edge. It's my favorite part of the game."

On the recruiting front, Oregon, LSU, Oregon State and California have been the main schools contacting Rankin.

"My coaches say it's early and to be patient," Rankin said. "Oregon State has been contacting me the most. They send me stuff all the time and Cal's coaches came out and watched some of our practices and they seemed pretty interested.

"I'm patient so I can wait it out."

Rankin will finish his two-year degree in May and he'll have three years to play two wherever he ends up.

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