Iowa continues to have a strong year recruiting the state of Texas in the 2017 class as they have reeled in another verbal pledge from the Lone Star State. Cornerback Matt Hankins has committed to Iowa during his visit for the Hawkeyes' Tailgater event this weekend.
Hankins now joins other Texas prospects in the class, wide receiver Gavin Holmes, running back Eno Benjamin and quarterback Peyton Mansell making it four Lone Star State prospects in the Hawkeyes' class.
The 4th best cornerback in the state of Texas according to Scout, Hankins recently named a top four that obviously included Iowa along with Duke, Houston, and Texas Tech. He also had offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri and SMU.
Hankins is listed at 6-foot and 170 pounds right now. The newest Hawkeye wasted little time committing to Iowa, jumping on board after his first trip to campus.
Here's an evaluation on the newest Iowa pledge from Scout Recruiting Analyst Gabe Brooks:
"With great length and instincts, Matt Hankins is a Power Five conference-caliber cornerback prospect playing in Texas high school football's largest classification in the receiver-rich Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. A 6-foot cornerback with long arms and a ton of space on his frame to add weight. Lean and slight from a bulk standpoint, but great frame potential as he develops and matures. Instinctive player who is more of a ballhawk than a headhunter. Always looking to break up the pass, but not at the cost of being out of position. Height/length make lateral mobility a bit tougher at times, but shows good backpedal ability and breaks well once he's made up his mind. Hankins is also a solid tackler who is not afraid to crash downhill against the screen game or help solidify the perimeter against the run. Well-coached and a smart player with a high ceiling as he projects to the next level."
The commitment to Iowa is something that Hankins had no doubts about following his visit to the Hawkeye campus over the weekend. In a message to Scout about his trip he quickly responded with, "#TxBoys2IC". For those not up to date with social media, he was reaffirming the movement of prospects in Texas to Iowa City.
Why the Hawkeyes? Hankins shared that with Scout's Derek Young.
"It's the best fit for me. I got a good vibe from the players and coaches. The fans are amazing. I love the college town atmosphere and game day atmosphere."
Hankins had one more statement he wanted to deliver to Iowa fans.
"We have others coming along, too".