Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo picked up a commitment on Friday from Santa Fe (Edmund, OK.) High school prospect Angelo Rankin.
Rankin is a class of 2021 prospect who plays on both sides of the ball for the Wolves and his future in Annapolis will likely see the 5-foot-9, 175-pound prospect lineup in the defensive backfield at cornerback.
Rankin is ranked as one of the “Super 30”, a list of the 30 best high school players in Oklahoma put together for The Oklahoman newspaper. According to the article, “The quick and elusive Rankin can impact games on both sides of the ball”. This will be great news for Navy fans as impact defensive players are hard to come by sometimes for the Academy given the recruiting challenges that the Midshipmen face in landing elite level high school prospects.
The first play on the video is one indicative of the way Rankin plays football. It is a run to the far side of the field yet Rankin pins back his ears and sprints at full tilt across to the other sideline where the RB has broken into the secondary. There is no breaking down here before the tackle – though this is something Rankin is also excellent at – it is, instead, a full-force explosion into the ball carrier with Rankin smashing him to the turf.
The offensive highlights are interesting here too because it is quite possible that Rankin will see some time as a return guy for the Mids. He is a quick and elusive runner, one that can spot a gap on a handoff or return and keep his momentum moving forwards to explode through a hole. He then has more than enough gas to stretch out and take the ball all the way to the house. Rankin also shows surprising strength for his frame, something that will only increase in a college weight program.