SAN BERNARDINO—Aquinas High School Senior football player Branden Rankins continues to play well on the field and succeed in the classroom.
On October 13, Rankins became San Bernardino County’s all-time leading rusher with 7,103 career yards. He broke the record against Linfield Christian High School while scoring four touchdowns to help the Falcons to a victory.
Rankins, who was born and raised a few miles from Aquinas, has continued to grow athletically and academically during his four-year stay.
“I remember the first time I came to an Aquinas football game was when I was eight years old,” Rankins recalls. “The stadium looked much bigger back then.”
In eighth grade Rankins’ parents made the decision to send him to Aquinas so he had the “opportunity for a better future.”
Rankins earned first Honors for the first quarter of his senior year on the same day he broke the County rushing record. His current GPA is 3.8.
“I am excited about my grades,” said Rankins, who carries a rigorous course load and has taken the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) to prepare for a four year college.
Football records have been broken and crowds have been entertained by Rankins for four years. So when asked what is next, he said, “God is going to put me in the right place.”
Rankins has received many Division I scholarship offers, but has not made a decision as to where he will showcase his talent next year. “To play college football and get a good college education is my dream,” said Rankins.