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South Bend, Indiana standout John Michael Hankerson talks about his pending visit to Starkville.

Mississippi State is finalizing their invitations for official visitors for the last weekend of the 2016 recruiting cycle. South Bend, Indiana speedster John Michael Hankerson is set to take part in the Bulldogs' event filled weekend as the final additions are made to the 2016 recruiting haul.

"I am visiting Mississippi State this weekend," John Michael Hankerson said. "I am excited about getting down there. I have been talking to them a lot lately. They have been on me."

A trio of Bulldog assistant coaches have made the trip to Indiana to have an in person meeting with the talented Hankerson.

"Coach (Billy) Gonzales has been up here," Hankerson shared. "I have seen him and the quarterback coach (Brian Johnson) has come and the new DBs coach (Terrell Buckley). They are telling me that they want me on both sides of the ball and the think that I can play either offense or defense. We are going to talk about all of that."

The Bulldogs have been the favorite since offering following a pair of summer camp showings. Heading into the weekend, Coach Dan Mullen and his staff still have the momentum.

"Mississippi State has always been my top school and I'll probably commit this weekend," Hankerson said. "I have always liked Mississippi State. It's my home state and a chance to go back home. I am excited to get down there and see everything again."

Hankerson could play corner or wide receiver on the next level depending on a team need. While the Starkville native made a name for himself as a fleet footed receiver, he is open to a position change.

"I just want to be on the field," Hankerson explained. "I like having the ball in my hands, but I just want to help the team."

A trio of visitors have confirmed their intentions to visit Starkville this weekend. Hankerson along with Georgia offensive lineman Aaron Dowdell and California junior college wide out Ronnie Turner are all planning to spend the weekend with the Bulldog coaching staff to discuss the possibility of taking the next step in the recruiting process together.

Hankerson holds offers from Mississippi State, Ball State, Indiana State and Western Michigan among others. Recruited as an athlete, Hankerson is the son of former Mississippi State track standout Reggie Hankerson. 

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