This is certainly turning into a very good Friday for Georgia's football program.
Inside linebacker Ryne Rankin confirmed to Dawgs247 that he committed moments ago to Georgia's coaching staff, becoming the Bulldogs' second 2013 commitment on Friday, joining receiver Kyrin Priester, another recruit who originally hails from the Orlando, Fla., area.
"I was going to do it yesterday," Rankin said, "but I didn’t have time to sit down to talk with my family because my dad had to coach his football team. I had to attend a National Honors Society event. It was past Midnight when we finally talked, so I felt like today was best."
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Rankin has been a remarkably productive high school player at East River (Fla.) High School. He reportedly led the state of Florida in tackles as a junior, totaling 189.
He held offers from a number of schools to this point, but he received received an offer from UGA this past week and decided to commit.
“When I went up there, the atmosphere was great," Rankin said. "The people there were great. The facilities were great. The academics were great. It just felt like the best fit for me. It is only seven hours and 50 minutes from where I am at right now, so that was good too.”
Rankin becomes Georgia's 11th commit in the 2013 class and the second linebacker.
A star student, he plans to enroll early and participate in spring practice next year as a true freshman.
“They need linebackers," Rankin said, "and that played a big role now especially with me being an early enrollee. I will be there next spring and get going at it.”
247Sports rates Rankin as a four-star prospect and the 38th-best overall player in the state of Florida.
Rusty Mansell contributed to this article