Bears Offer Four-Star Texas LB

Dallas (Tex.) Parish Episcopal linebacker Rob Hankins, a member of the initial Scout150 released Monday, is one of the top 100 players in the country in the 2011 class. He has over 10 offers after adding four on Monday night, including one from the California Golden Bears...

Four-star linebacker Rob Hankins (6-1, 214) continues to add some impressive offers. On Monday night he reported that California, Purdue, Arkansas and Arizona all offered joining schools like Miami (FL), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Kansas, Colorado, Baylor, and SMU on his list.

Schools like LSU, Oklahoma, USC and Texas are also showing strong interest.

"Off the top of my head I have 13 or 14 offers," Hankins said. "It is like a dream come true. My family and coaches all breathed a sigh of relief when they started coming in."

"I am really interested in a lot schools and I want to take a lot of visits before making my decision. But right now Miami (FL), Cal, Nebraska, SMU, Arizona, Arkansas and Notre Dame (are some of the schools Hankins is most interested in)."

Hankins is thankful that his head coach and assistant coaches at his high school have gotten the word out about him.

"Without my transfer to Parish I don't know if I would be able to even play D1 football," Hankins reported. "My coaches have done a great job in getting the word out about me and giving me a chance to be successful on the field."

Hankins has been invited to a number of Jr. Days and he wants to try to see as many schools as possible before making his mind up, so at least two out of state trips are on his current schedule.

"I am going to go to as many junior days as I can," Hankins began. "I will be going to Oklahoma (2/20) and I know that I will be going to Cal the weekend after that. I will be going for their junior day."

"My head coach (Scott Nady) and my linebackers coach both played at Cal, so I am excited to get out there and see it."

Hankins teammate DT Eric Humphrey signed with OU on National Signing Day, so he is already in his ear about joining him in Norman.

"He says he does not want this to be the last year that we get to play defense together," Hankins explained. "He thinks I am good enough to play out there with him. It was cool getting to play with him in high school because he cleaned everything up and made it easier for me to make plays."

Hankins checked in at No. 82 on the initial Top 150 release, but he is using that number as a starting point and plans to work hard to move up.

"I have always had good instincts and it always seems that wherever the ball is I am close to it," Hankins said of his talents. "I have been one of the fastest players and I have good closing speed so guys do not run away from me."

"It is a dream come true to be ranked, but I can't be satisfied. Some players are ranked higher than me and I want to be the best."

As a junior, Hankins racked up 136 tackles, forced three fumbles, had an interception, and amassed 25 tackles for loss to earn All-District, All-State, All-League and was named League Defensive MVP runner-up.

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