Beau Hankins visits Wake Forest

Beau Hankins spent a busy week looking at two of the schools vying for his signature. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound linebacker, from Jackson-Olin High School in Birmingham, Ala., first went to Winston-Salem to see Wake Forest.

"Two visits in one week," said Beau Hankins. "I flew by myself to Wake Forest on Wednesday then back home Friday to Birmingham. Then my mom and I went to Georgia Tech together. The visits were both great. I had an awesome time."

Although taking a mid-week official visit is unusual it isn't unheard of and Coach Grobe and his staff put an unusual twist on the recruiting visit for Hankins.

"I didn't have a player host," said Hankins. "Everybody was my host. They put me with a group of older guys to take me around the campus. Although it a small campus I could feel the embracement by the community for the football team. It was great."

Hankins said his mother couldn't accompany on the visit, but she's very fond of Jim Grobe.

"Coach Grobe has talked with me and my mom on numerous occasions," said Hankins. "My mom and I are identical in how we think. We have a great feeling about Wake Forest and Coach Grobe. He's such a cool guy. He's an excellent football coach, but even a better man. I really enjoyed the time I got to spend with him on the visit.

"Coach (Brian) Knoor was great too. He's a real down-to-earth guy. I could potentially see myself playing for him."

Hankins was named Alabama 6A Defensive Player of the Year for the 2011 season. It was quite an accomplishment especially considering his team, the Mustangs, were only 3-7 on the season. Needless to say he has many schools in contention as signing day approaches.

"I've got a top six," said Hankins. "Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Penn State, UCF, and FIU.

"The personal relationship I have with the Lord is what will help lead me in my decision. My head coach, Terence Amos, has been like a father figure to me. I'll talk it over with him and my mom and let them know where I'm coming from on it."

Hankins will make the big announcement on National Signing Day at his high school at 11:00 a.m. (Central Time).

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