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Oklahoma continues to recruit South Mississippi

For the second straight year, Oklahoma has offered a football scholarship to a Coast player.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offensive tackle Martinas Rankin recently landed an offer from the Sooners (12-2).

Oklahoma, who beat Alabama 45-31 in the Sugar Bowl, will lose its starting offensive tackles after the season. Tyrus Thomas and Daryl Williams are both projected first-round picks in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Playing in the ultra-tough MACJC league automatically makes the 6-foot-4, 295-pound Rankin ready to step in and make an immediate impact.

Rankin spent this week visiting Ole Miss and Mississippi State, insisting he's wide open about making a college choice.

Southern Miss, Missouri, South Florida, UAB, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville and Florida Atlantic join MSU, Ole Miss and Oklahoma offering Rankin scholarships.

"I've probably got a ranking of top schools, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, and Missouri," Rankin told SoonerScoop.com. "Those are some of the schools that are talking to me a lot and I'm starting to narrow it down, it's not really a list in order though.

"I kind of, I want to play it out. I want to experience the gameday atmosphere, so it could happen soon but then again, I wouldn't have a problem waiting until the season starts to take some visits."

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