Michigan's presence at Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas has been very frequent in recent months. Members of the football staff made their way down to the tradition rich school during their recruitment of Sam Young. Meanwhile, the basketball staff made an appearance as part of their recruitment of 2007 combo-guard Martavis Kee (who revealed in a January 12th interview with GoBlueWolverine that he'd be visiting Ann Arbor this weekend). Those, however, are not the only elite prospects the Raider program had to offer.
Two-sport athlete Leonard Hankerson has already earned the reputation as one of the top prospects in the entire state of Florida. The 6-3, 190-lb. athlete is currently running with Kee on the basketball team, but he will almost assuredly be listed as one of the best wide receivers in the 2007 class when those rankings are compiled. In a recent conversation with GoBlueWolverine, Hankerson indicated that his performance on the gridiron has already earned him one big offer.
"My season went pretty good," he said. "I played good the whole year. I had something like 28 catches for 600 yards and 14 touchdowns. I have an offer from Miami, but that's all I know right now. My coach doesn't tell the juniors (who has offered) until spring time."
The Wolverines got their foot in the door with Hankerson while down on a recruiting trip for Sam Young. Since then, Hankerson started to consider the Maize and Blue more seriously.
"One day I was hurt in the training room and a Michigan coach was there," Hankerson recalled. "My coach gave him my address and phone number. I've talked to them and I'm definitely interested. I'll be going up there this weekend with Martavis."
Hankerson indicated that his trip to Michigan will be his first unofficial, but that will certainly change in the coming months. He is interested in many of the country's top programs, and all of them will want their shot at having him on campus.
Even though the recruiting process is just starting for Hankerson, he has a good idea of what to expect. He already has a blueprint for the way he'd like things to play out. "I followed what Sam was doing somewhat," he said. "I want to try to do things the same way."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Hankerson in the coming months.