Offensive lineman Terrence Rankl has been a visitor to Pitt and has heard from the Panthers coaches quite often over the last year or so. The relationship between the two sides took another step forward yesterday as the towering lineman’s latest offer came from the Panthers.
Rankl (6’6″, 280) is a junior offensive tackle from Massillon, Ohio and now holds offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Purdue, Vanderbilt and a host of MAC programs. After getting the news from Archie Collins and Pat Narduzzi on Thursday, PSN spoke Rankl to get his thoughts on Pitt and to find out more about his recruitment.
“I had been to their summer camps last year and performed pretty well, Rankl tells PSN. “After one of the workouts, Coach Borbely introduced me and another one of the lineman to Coach Narduzzi and they said they wanted to keep in touch. Since then, I’ve been in touch my area recruiter, Archie Collins, who’s been to see me and a fellow teammate, Andrew Wilson-Lamp, six or seven times over the past few months.”
“This is my first ACC offer, that’s a really good conference and I’m interested in the good competition that they play, I was talking to Coach Narduzzi about that. I love the facilities at Pitt, which I was able to see when I was there for Junior Day. I know they’re rebuilding parts of the facilities and I saw the Aaron Donald weight room. I love the fact that they practice sometimes at the same time as the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Steelers head coach will peak over at practice from time to time and talk to Coach Narduzzi about Pitt and what they have. If I were to go to Pitt, that would be a big factor to me.”
While Rankl appreciates the attention he’s receiving from Pitt and other programs, he tells me that his main focus right now isn’t on recruiting but instead on getting better as a player and helping his team improve for the upcoming season.
In terms of the strengths of his game and things that programs like about him, Rankl mentions his physical mentality on the field and his ability to pass-block.
“This past season, I didn’t allow any sacks,” Rankl tells PSN. “Plus, as a team we ran for over 2,000 yards as a team which is pretty impressive.”
Like many other juniors during this time of the year, Rankl plans on making a few unofficial visits. Right now, he plans on traveling to Pitt, Purdue, Vanderbilt and possibly Arizona State and Kentucky. While making these trips, football won’t be the only thing he’ll be asking about.
“Location of the school won’t be a big factor to me. I’ve talked with some teammates who tell me that you’ll just get that feeling when a school feels right. I’ll definitely be looking forward to going to Pitt and talking to the current players and see how they feel about it. I’m looking to go to school for either business or radiology.”
Rankl also tells PSN that he’ll be graduating early from Washington High School and will be an early enrollee at the college that he chooses.