Virginia Tech has added another touted recruit to its 2011 men’s basketball recruiting class. Vance (Charlotte, N.C.) point guard Marquis Rankin , a Scout.com and Rivals.com 4-star prospect, called Tech head coach Seth Greenberg yesterday and committed, becoming the third high school rising senior to commit to the Hokies.
“He called the coaches last night and committed,” said Lamar Rankin, Marquis’ father. “V-Tech has always been at the top of his list. He hasn’t been trying to say too much even though he has been close to a decision. He narrowed it down to three, but with Virginia Tech he had good relationships throughout the recruiting process. There is an opportunity to play for a rising basketball program and he feels he can help and maybe step in as a freshman.”
Coach Greenberg and company were excited to hear the news from the 6-0, 170-pound point guard.
“They were already at the Final Four. The whole staff is excited,” Rankin said.
Marquis’ relationship with head coach Seth Greenberg played a role in this decision, but Lamar says his son got along well with the entire staff.
“We had a close relationship with all the coaches, even the ones that weren’t the main recruiters for him,” he said. “And him and Coach Greenberg had a relationship different from the other coaches. It was a major part.”
Marquis plans to sign with Virginia Tech in November. Also committed in the class are 6-4 shooting guard Rob Brown and 6-7 forward C.J. Barksdale. The latter is also rated a 4-star prospect by Scout.com and Rivals.com.
Rankin had a handful of Division 1 offers to choose from, but he eventually narrowed the list to Clemson, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest before pledging to the Hokies.
“It’s a big relief,” Lamar said. “I feel a lot of pressure is off already. I’m happy for him. He deserves it. I just want him happy at the end of the day, so if he’s happy then I’m happy.”
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