March 22, 2011

Pennsylvania QB to visit Michigan State

Spring practice is always a time when top recruits visit campus to get a feel for the school and the program. In the coming weeks, quarterback Blake Rankin of Bloomsburg High School in Pennsylvania will be in East Lansing to learn more about Michigan State. spoke with the 6-foot-4, 195-pound prospect and got the details on his recruitment.

The Michigan State Staff is looking for a quarterback that can play in the pro-style offense the Spartans incorporate, but is also athletic enough to move outside the pocket and create another dimension for defenses to worry about. Rankin is one of a few select prospects that is on the Spartan radar.

As a junior, Rankin helped lead Bloomsburg High School to an 8-3 record by completing 74 of 150 passes for over 1600-yards with 17 touchdowns passes. He also ran for 977-yards and 16 scores. For his efforts he was named 1st Team All-League. asked Rankin about his recruitment.

"I have a scholarship offer from Rutgers," he stated. "I have been in contact with West Virginia Penn State, Pittsburgh and Michigan State. I have also heard some from Maryland North Carolina and I get mail from Alabama and Tennessee."

Rankin has been busy this winter checking out schools when he has had the opportunity and plans on visiting several more this spring.

"I have just been to Rutgers and Pitt so far, he stated. I talked with Coach Warner and I am going to Michigan State on the 14th of April. This summer I plan on going to West Virginia Michigan State, Penn State, Rutgers, Pitt, UNC and probably a couple more. I will also be at a few combines like Nike, Elite 11 and an Under Armour."

Though he has yet to step onto the campus of Michigan State University, Rankin has done some research and likes what he has found. asked him about his thoughts about the Green and White.

"I would have to say just the success they have year in and year out," he said. "The coaches seem great and i feel like I hit it off good with Coach Warner. I think it could possibly be a good fit. I could see myself playing under Coach Dantonio and that style of offense."

Growing up in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania, Rankin is not far from Penn State University. We asked him about his thoughts on the Nittany Lions and where they stand compared to some of the other schools.
"Growing up in Pennsylvania, I think it is any football players dream to play there. They have talked about offering, but they are going to wait until early summer to make that decision. I am keeping all doors open and getting to know about other schools to find a fit that is best for me."

As with many quarterback prospects, Rankin does not want to drag the recruiting process out for an extensive period of time. He hopes to be able to focus on his senior season and help his team attract other quality recruits.

"I am hoping to commit this summer," he stated. "I am just looking for a school with great academics a great football program with coaches I can trust and also just a nice campus in a good area."

Pennsylvania has a strong tradition of producing quality quarterbacks. Having Quarterback Coach Dave Warner recruiting the eastern half of the state is a smart move from a recruiting standpoint. A quick look at the Michigan State record book will show you that an eastern Pennsylvania quarterback holds many of the passing records at Michigan State. will be sure to follow Rankin recruitment as it unfolds.

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