Recruiting: Rankin begins UGA practice, Terry suffers knee injury

semerson@macon.comDecember 15, 2012 

ATHENS - Georgia has officially added one key recruit, but there was potentially bad news about another one on Saturday.

Ryne Rankin, an inside linebacker from Orlando, practiced with the Georgia football team on Saturday. Rankin is enrolling early, and will practice with the team during bowl practice.

"He's a very physical guy. A very tough, hard-nosed, stout, sturdy, sturdily-built guy who likes contact," Richt said.

There will be a lot of opportunity to play next year at inside linebacker, with two regulars graduating (Christian Robinson and Mike Gilliard) and another likely to enter the NFL draft (Alec Ogletree.)

"Any of those guys we get in at the mid-year, it's gonna be an advantage for them," Richt said. "There's probably a couple spots where it's not as crucial to get them here in the mid-year. But definitely linebacker is one of those positions where it oughta help him."

Georgia was also hoping to get receiver Tramel Terry in time for spring practice. But on Saturday Terry suffered a knee injury while playing in the Shrine Bowl, an all-star game between North Carolina and South Carolina high school players.

"Really praying my knee is good find out Monday, good thing is it doesnt hurt at all," Terry posted on his Twitter account on Saturday evening.

Terry, who is from Goose Creek, S.C., was planning to enroll early. He can still do that, but his status for spring practice is now an open question.

Georgia is set to have a dozen or more players enroll early. Richt said that Rankin would probably be the only early enrollee to join the team for bowl practice. The reason for that is that players who do so can't participate in high school all-star games - such as the one Terry just got hurt in.

"I think we ran into that with (Christian) LeMay (two years ago)," Richt said. "LeMay practiced early and then we found out afterwards that kept him from being in an all-star game. So a lot less of that going on than there used to be."

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