February 19, 2012

Florida LB will visit Ohio State

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Ohio State has hosted several outstanding rising junior prospects on unofficial visits over the last few weeks and on Friday the Buckeyes will host an impressive linebacker out of the state of Florida in Orlando (Fla.) East River product Ryne Rankin. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound prospect will visit Ohio State as part of a four schools in four days tour this upcoming week.

"I'm flying up to Kentucky on Thursday and I'm going to Ohio State on Friday," he explained. "I'm going back down to Louisville on Saturday and then going to Cincinnati on Sunday."

Rankin recently picked up his first offer from Cincinnati and is a legacy recruit for the Bearcats.

"My dad (Marc Rankin)played football there, he was at Cincinnati from 1988-91," Rankin said. "He played linebacker there and he stays in touch with coach Tim Hinton who was at Cincinnati and then moved to Notre Dame and now Ohio State."

Rankin said that getting his first offer from the Bearcats was exciting and there is obviously a level of familiarity there with the program.

"I was really happy, excited," he said. "It feels like my hard work has paid off. I go up there sometimes; my mom's family is from up there so we usually go up there in like November."

With Hinton now at Ohio State, Rankin has found himself on the Buckeyes' radar screen and is looking forward to his unofficial visit to Columbus.

"It would be cool to play for them," he said. "I like how Ohio State plays football and I think I could be like a James Laurinaitis. I'm looking forward to seeing the atmosphere, how the facilities are. If you're going to be somewhere for four years, you have to find the place that's the best fit."

Hinton and the Rankin family go back quite a few years and the elder Rankin played at Cincinnati while current Ohio State strength coach Mickey Marotti was there.

"I talk to (Hinton) sometimes, my Dad stays in touch with him all the time," he said. "My dad is the head coach of my high school football team and he's just known him for a long time."

The athletic linebacker prospect is hoping to build on his first offer from Cincinnati and is reporting interest from several other BCS conference programs.

"South Carolina, Tennessee, Ohio State, I just got back from a junior day at Florida, Duke," he explained. "(The Florida visit) was real good. The coaches were talking to me and said they liked me. They're going to look at my film some more and if they like my film they could maybe offer me in the spring."


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