Hankins Is Adding Offers

Scout.com has Rob Hankins ranked as the No. 6 middle linebacker in the country and he's receiving recruiting attention from coast to coast. The standout athlete from Parish Episcopal School (Dallas, Texas) has received interest from Notre Dame and Hankins is waiting to see what the Irish have to offer.

The Irish have grabbed a player or two from the state of Texas over the past couple years, but Brian Kelly would like to increase Notre Dame's presence in the Lone Star State. One of the top prospects in the 2011 recruiting class is linebacker Rob Hankins (6-foot-1, 218-pounds). According to his father Rob Sr., the Irish are showing interest in his son.

"They've been in contact with his head coach, but he has not met anyone yet from Notre Dame," the elder Hankins said. "He is looking forward to it. His coach has been in touch with them, and they told him that they were going to offer him, but we haven't received the offer in the mail yet. I don't know who his coach spoke to, but someone told him that they were going to offer."

Although it has been difficult for the Irish to lure Texas prospects north, Mr. Hankins feels that his son is going to keep an open mind when it comes to evaluating his college options.

"Location is not nearly as important as the school itself," he explained. "He's going to Berkley Thursday and will be there for three days. He's going to visit Miami. He's going to Nebraska and Arizona. We're kind of holding out to hear from Notre Dame to see if the offer comes through, because we'd love to visit in the spring. We would love to fit that trip in a slot in his travels."

When the Notre Dame offer comes through, the Irish will join a growing list of potential destinations that stretches from the East Coast to the West Coast.

"Purdue has come through, and last week Missouri and Minnesota offered," Mr. Hankins said. "We're looking for an offer from Oregon to come through. That would make three from the PAC-10, plus UCLA is talking to him, as well as USC.

"We've got quite a few offers from the Big 12. Arkansas came in from the SEC and Miami came in from the ACC. It's spread across the board, and he wants to see as many of the schools as he can. All he knows right now is the reputation and if he doesn't go and meet the coaches and meet some of the players, he doesn't know what's there.

"The first thing we have to do is whittle it down to a top-5, and then go from there," he added.

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