Devin Elllison, Michael Rankins leaving Georgia Tech team

Devin Ellison runs the ball during Georgia Tech's football practice at Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday, August 3, 2019. 
STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC
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Devin Ellison runs the ball during Georgia Tech's football practice at Bobby Dodd Stadium Saturday, August 3, 2019. STEVE SCHAEFER / SPECIAL TO THE AJC

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Credit: Steve Schaefer

Two Georgia Tech scholarship players, running back Devin Ellison and offensive lineman Michael Rankins, were not on the roster in the new team media guide that was released Wednesday.

Ellison, who was a member of the 2019 signing class, was placed on medical scholarship and will remain at Tech. After appearing in one game in his freshman season in 2019, Ellison did not play in the 2020 season after he underwent a procedure to repair his knee. He made his decision to retire after the procedure did not alleviate the pain in the knee as much as hoped, Ellison told the AJC on Wednesday. Ellison said that he will try to help the team however he can and plans to graduate from Tech.

“It was a tough decision, but the injuries hindered me from ever being able to perform 100%, which is critical at this level of play,” Ellison wrote in a private Twitter message to the AJC.

“He’s still around the program, he’s just not going to be able to play anymore,” Collins told the AJC Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff media event in Charlotte, N.C. “What a great kid, though.”

Rankins’ decision to leave the team was voluntary. Collins said that he had returned to his home in Ruskin, Fla. Rankins, who was part of Tech’s 2020 signing class, did not appear in a game last season.