Signed: Iowa CB Matt Hankins

Hawkeye Insider takes an in-depth look at each Iowa signee.




COMMIT DATE: June 27, 2016


EVALUATION: 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. - Midlands Analyst Gabe Brooks

RECRUITMENT: He committed to Iowa over the summer when the Hawkeyes had all the momentum on the recruiting trail and also secured pledges from Gavin Holmes, Brandon Smith, Joshua Turner, Camron Harrell, already had Eno Benjamin, and were in contention with other Texans like Kobe Boyce and Camron Buckley. Hankins picked the Hawkeyes over Colorado, Duke, Houston, Illinois, Missouri and Texas Tech. They then held off Michigan a few months later and got him to cancel a scheduled visit to Ann Arbor. This was tough to hang onto because of local programs still pursuing and Michigan jumping in, in addition to the upheaval in Texas, but they held strong with Hankins despite all that. 

OUTLOOK: He's one of my favorite talents in the class and there's a possible crazy 1-2 punch in the future at cornerback with him and Creamer. They're similar in what they do in terms of speed, athleticism, and length. Iowa hasn't had corners like these types in the past handful of years, at least. Desmond King is sensational but built differently than these two in terms of size. Mabin might have similar build but not the length. Add in Rugamba and this is becoming a very, very athletic group at cornerback in the coming years. I think Hankins plays right away. It's hard to envision a situation where he doesn't and I think that's what kept him committed to Iowa all along.


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