During the early signing period, Georgia Tech signed six offensive lineman, the highest rated signee of them was Ruskin, Florida native Michael Rankins.
Ranskins has great size for an incoming freshman offensive lineman at 6-foot-5 and 295-pounds. It was important for Georgia Tech during the Geoff Collins era to get bigger on both sides of the line and scrimmage and that’s exactly what the Jackets did with this recruiting class.
Rankins was a consensus three-star prospect by the recruiting services. 247Sports rated Rankins with a .8755 overall rating and a top-550 player in the country. He was also ranked as a top-50 offensive tackle and a top-75 player in the Sunshine state.
Perhaps the best news for Rankins is that he’s enrolling early and will be on campus next month. Having basically an entire offseason to be on campus is huge for Rankins as he’ll be able to get into the eight room and work with the Jackets strength and conditioning team to fill in his frame and put on some more muscle.
Overall, Rankins has a strong skillset for Brent Key to work with and develop over the course of four or five years. In high school, Rankins was able to rely on his tremendous athleticism for a big guy. He won’t be able to rely on that athleticism as much in college but it definitely will help him in his development.
Rankins will have the ability this upcoming season to push for playing time but if viable, redshirting Rankins would be the better move for the Yellow Jackets. Either way, long-term Rankins projects to be a contributor for the Yellow Jackets, if not a full-time starter at one point or another.