April 18, 2011
Pennsylvania QB talks Spartan visit
In the past few weeks quarterback recruiting for Michigan State has really began to heat up. One of the prospects the Spartans are taking a serious look at is Blake Rankin of Bloomsburg High School in Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound recruit was in East Lansing this past weekend. Find out the latest.
In the past few weeks quarterback recruiting for Michigan State has really began to heat up. One of the prospects the Spartans are taking a serious look at is Blake Rankin of Bloomsburg High School in Pennsylvania. The 6-foot-4, 195-pound recruit was in East Lansing this past weekend to learn more about the program. SpartanMag.com caught up with him and got the details on his visit.
Rankin made the trip late last week and was able to see the campus, the facilities and talk with the coaches extensively. Quarterback Coach Dave Warner is serving as Rankin's primary recruiter for Michigan State. We asked Rankin what his thoughts were.
"It went really good," he said. "I loved the school and the people there were amazing. The coaches were great and they said they are right there about ready to offer. They said they will be up to my school in two weeks."
The spring evaluation period is about to begin. At that time coaches can hit the road and travel to a recruit's high school and it down with the coaches. Coaches are not allowed to have extensive conversations with recruits at that time, but often they can see them participate in a spring sporting event or workout.
Spartanmag.com asked Rankin if anything specific stood out about the visit and if his family traveled with him
"Just the type of program coach Dantonio runs and the way he expects his players to act is impressive," Rankin said. "My mom also made the trip and she really liked it too."
Rankin has already been offered by the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers. He has also been getting steady interest from Penn State. We asked him about the programs he is considering and what would happen if the Spartans were to extend an offer.
Michigan State, Rutgers, Penn State, Syracuse, North Carolina, Purdue, Illinois West Virginia, Pittsburgh and a few others, he said. I am hoping to make my decision by the end of June. If Michigan State offered it would definitely make my decision harder I really like them."
Though Rankin does not have a Spartan offer at this point in time, that fact could change in the near future. In addition, it is also possible that Rankin may make a return trip to East Lansing in June to attend a session of camp. Often the best way to prove just how good a prospect you are is to go head to head with other prospects that are being evaluated.
Rankin will also likely attend a NIKE Camp and an Elite 11 Camp session later this spring. He will surely be one of the players to watch closely at those events.SpartanMag.com will be sure to follow his recruitment and report all the latest breaking news.
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