WR Has 3 Early Favorites

When Michael Irvin once walked the halls of your high school and you play wide receiver, high expectations should come natural to you. For Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Leonard Hankerson, it's no different.

"We've had a lot of great players come through here over the years," Hankerson said. "Expectations are always high. We compete at a high level and everyone's trying to be the next great something. For me, I want to be known as the next great receiver to come through here."

Leonoard Hankerson, 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, started his prep career at Dillard High, where he played on the JV team as a freshman. He transferred to St. Thomas for his sophomore season and after a solid first year, it was his junior performance that put his name on the national recruiting map. He finished the season with 28 receptions for 606 yards and 14 touchdowns in 14 games as he helped lead his team to the state title game.

"My size allows me to create a lot of mismatches," he said. "There aren't many cornerbacks in high school who can match up with me one on one. If they can, I'm ready for them."

The talented wideout, who also plays varsity basketball for the Raiders, will likely be a major college recruit this coming season. Although he doesn't have any written offers yet, plenty will likely come his way later this spring.

"I have some verbal offers," he said. "Florida, Michigan, Auburn, Pittsburgh, USF, UCF, Rutgers, there are a lot. My top schools right now would be Michigan, Miami, and Florida."

Hankerson recently took an unofficial visit to Michigan and came away very impressed.

"I went there for Junior Day and I thought it was great," he said. "It was my first time. I really liked the area. I like seeing snow. The coaches were real nice too. They have a good thing going on there."

Miami appears to be next on his list. He talked more about the hometown Hurricanes.

"I know Anthony, Tavares, and those guys," he said. "I like Miami a lot. They need receivers and I'd like to check them out even more."


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