Hankerson Returns "Home"

John Michael Hankerson knows a thing or two about Starkville and Mississippi State. The son of former Bulldog trackster Reggie Hankerson, John Michael has put his good genes to use. Now a star wide out for Washington High School in South Bend, Indiana, Hankerson has earned a pair of scholarship offers with designs on more. On Friday, Mississippi State hosted Hankerson as a one day camper.

"Camp went really good," Hankerson said. "I was was just trying to get out and be fast. I have had a little back problem, so I didn't want that to slow me down. I won state last week in the 100, back in Indiana, so I just wanted to come out here and be fast too."

Illinois State and Western Michigan have extended offers to the talented Hankerson who could play wide receiver or corner on the next level. Several other programs have shown some level of interest.

"I am hearing from Mississippi State, Iowa and several Big 10 and MAC schools," Hankerson explained. "I will play wherever the coach puts me. I just like to play and I just want to help the team. I could play either side of the ball, but I really like to hit though. I really like to hit."

On Friday, Hankerson had the chance to work at receiver and defensive back. He reports that he enjoyed working with both Coach Billy Gonzales and Coach Deshea Townsend.

"Both of them are really cool," Hankerson said. "They really want you to do what they say and once you do that then everything gets going. They are real cool and great coaches. It's cool here. I think my dad wants me to come be a Bulldogs, but we'll just have to see what happens."

Hankerson expects his senior season to be a memorable one for fans of Washington High School.

"We really didn't lose anybody," Hankerson said. "I am expecting a big year. Everybody is working.

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