The Pitt football program added a sixth recruit to its 2021 class on Thursday evening, as Terrence Rankl, an offensive tackle out of Washington High School in Massillon, Ohio, announced his commitment to the school.
"First off, I would like to thank God, because without him, none of this would be possible," Rankl said. "I would like to thank all my coaches, teachers and teammates in the Massillon City School District for molding me into the best student-athlete on and off the field. Most of all, I would like to thank my family for always being there for me and loving me throughout this long process. With that being said, I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at the University of Pittsburgh."
The 6’6”, 280-pound tackle holds three-star ratings from 247Sports and Rivals. During his recruitment, Rankl drew a total of 18 scholarship offers, and he chose Pitt over Arizona State, Cincinnati, Duke, Iowa State, Kentucky, Ohio, Purdue and Vanderbilt.
Last season, Rankl was a key member of a Massillon Tigers offensive line that paved the way for an average of 179.5 rushing yards and 373.5 total yards per game. And in the 2018 season, his team averaged 217.0 rushing yards and 416.3 total yards per game.
With his commitment to Pitt, Rankl joins a 2021 recruiting class that already includes Jaden Bradley, Rodney Hammond, Nahki Johnson, Javon McIntyre and Trevion Stevenson. Rankl is the first recruit out of Ohio to join the 2021 class as well as the first offensive lineman.