Big Dawg: John Michael Hankerson

John Michael Hankerson spent the early years of his life in Starkville, Mississippi. Now that the South Bend, Indiana resident has a scholarship offer from Mississippi State, he may be spending a few more years as a Magnolia State resident.


"I had a good time at the camp," Hankerson said. "I feel like I showed them what I can do and I feel like I did my best."

A state champion sprinter, Hankerson turned some heads in the Palmerio Center when he recorded a 4.25 time in the 40 yard dash. That sprint to glory may prove to be one of the most significant in the young life of the talented receiver.

"After I ran the 40, I had a lot of people talking to me," Hankerson said. "I ended up going and talking with Coach (Dan) Mullen after the camp and he told me that he had a scholarship offer for me."

Hankerson reports that it took a moment or two for the good news to register with him.

"I couldn't really say anything after Coach Mullen offered me," Hankerson said. "I just sort of sat there, because I was stunned."

Several years ago, John Michael's father represented Mississippi State as a sprinter on the Bulldog track team. The thought of following in his father's footsteps is something has has considered.

"I am really excited about the offer," Hankerson. "It's great to get an offer from the same school my dad did. I have to make my own decision, but it's exciting. They have talked to me about playing receiver or defensive back and I am okay with both of them. I will play whatever they want me to play."

A time frame for a decision is tentatively set for the post season. Hankerson does not want to make a rash decision without carefully considering all of his options.

"Right now, I am planning on making my decision after my senior year," Hankerson said. "I really want to take some visits and see what all of the schools have to offer, but you never know. I am just going to see what happens."


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