"I committed today and I am so happy about it," John Michael Hankerson said. "Coach Mullen was real happy about it and he told me that he was looking forward to getting me up there."
While Hankerson is new to the Mississippi State commitment list, the talented wide out is no stranger to Mississippi or Starkville. The son of a former Bulldog track and field star, Hankerson knows a lot about the Maroon and White.
Returning to his roots was a big part of the Bulldog attraction for the South Bend, Indiana standout.
"I was able to surprise my grandparents with the news," Hankerson said. "They didn't know I was going down there and they didn't know I was going to Mississippi State. It feels great knowing that I am getting the chance to go back home and be with my family."
While the final word was expected, the news was still extremely well received throughout the Bulldog fans base.
"Mississippi State has really always been my #1," Hankerson said. "Once the season was over, I was already thinking about them being my top school. They have been with me for so long and they just stayed with me all the way to the end."
The Bulldogs recruiting efforts were led by Mississippi State wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales who has remained in regular contact with the personable Hankerson.
With National Signing day just a few days away, Hankerson is glad to have his decision made and the recruiting process behind him.
"I am happy about how it all worked out," Hankerson said. "I had a great visit up there. I really had a great time.
"Maurice Smitherman was my host and he is a great guy. He made sure that I had a good time and he told me all about what to expect once I get there. We spent a lot of time with A-Train (Aeris Williams). They were all telling me what a beast he is and he told me a lot about how hard you have to work.
"I can't wait up to get back up there. All of the players treated me like I was family and they were all telling me that they are ready for me to get up there and get to work with them. This is just a great opportunity for me."
A two time state champion in the 100 meter dash, Hankerson is excited about track season this spring, but is working hard to get ready to join the Mississippi State roster in the summer.
"I am just going to be focused on my school work and getting ready to get up there," Hankerson said. "This is like a dream come true for me. I am just really excited."