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Ryne Rankin enrolls early, practices with Bulldogs

Rankin is among a number of four-star prospects the Bulldogs have at linebacker.

Scott Cunningham

One of the latest addition to the Georgia Bulldogs' roster is inside linebacker Ryne Rankin, and Dog Bytes reports that the young man has enrolled early and is already attending team practicies. Rankin, from Orlando, Fla, is a three-star recruit who was ranked 23rd at his position by Rivals.com, and ranked 13th and at four stars by ESPN.

Rankin has a good opportunity with the Bulldogs, who are losing Mike Gilliard and Christian Robinson, and possibly losing Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree. Georgia head coach Mark Richt praised the recruit, calling him a "very physical guy, very tough. Hard-nosed, tough, sturdily built guy who likes contact. A very good kid." For his part, Ryan is adjusting to the vast difference between high school football and college ball, laughing about the difference in playbook sizes via Twitter.

With the coming vacancies in mind, Georgia has including a number of linebackers in the incoming class of prospects, including four-star recruits Johnny O'Neal and Tim Kimbrough.

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