Posted by Bryan Fischer
With just days until Signing Day, many uncommitted players are taking in-home visits from coaches in order to reassure themselves of their commitment or simply to make one. Covington (Ga.) defensive end Sheldon Rankins hosted Louisville coaches on Tuesday and that was enough for him to pull the trigger and commit to the rising program.
"They brought coaches in and spent time with my family,” Rankins told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I was already leaning towards Louisville. I had heard from other people that they might move me inside to defensive tackle, but they assured me that I’m their guy at defensive end. That’s all I needed to hear."
The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder held offers from Ole Miss, North Carolina, Nebraska, Wake Forest and others. Rankins was one of the top ends in the state and drew interest from a host of other major programs but was injured and missed the final two games of his senior season. Still, it looks like the Cardinals are get another very good player from Georgia.
"Sheldon shows the long arms, burst, and aggressive style of play the college scouts are looking for," analyst Tom Lemming said. "He's excellent in pursuit, and plays the game with leverage and extension. He also plays the game on his feet. Strong, explosive, and instinctive, he could wind up playing DT at the next level."
Rankins gives Louisville 23 commitments for the class of 2012.