Visits On Tap For Hankins

Three-star defensive tackle prospect Johnathan Hankins saw his profile grow during the spring as he landed a number of new scholarship offers. In this update, find out where he plans to go this summer, who his top schools are and what coaching staff he speaks with the most.

Before the summer is over, Johnathan Hankins hopes to have picked a school. Now if he could only remember who has made the cut on his list of top schools.

The three-star defensive tackle prospect from Detroit Southeastern said he has a list of about a dozen schools he is still considering. The problem is that he can't remember them all off the top of his head.

"Yeah, I have a list, but I don't have it in front of me," Hankins told BuckeyeSports.com. "It's hard to remember them all."

Hankins is being recruited by Ohio State safeties coach Paul Haynes, who primarily recruits the state of Michigan. Although the two sides have not spoken much recently, that does not mean interest is waning for either side.

"I talk to him more than the other coaches," Hankins said. "We talk about all kinds of things, like family stuff."

However, it was OSU defensive coordinator and defensive line coach Jim Heacock that got the ball rolling for a scholarship offer.

"He came to my school, took a look at my highlight tape and decided right away to offer me," Hankins said.

Asked why he likes OSU, Hankins said, "They win a lot, and it's Ohio State. The Buckeyes. Most of the kids in my high school are Ohio State fans. They like Terrelle Pryor."

Despite his relationship with Haynes, Hankins said that the Buckeyes are not currently his top school. That honor goes to the University of Virginia, which also offered him several months ago.

The 6-2, 300-pound prospect has never visited Charlottesville, he said, but he hopes to do so this summer. Hankins said he has four visits in mind.

"I'm going to try and visit Virginia, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Minnesota," he said.

Hankins has been on campus once in Columbus.

"I was supposed to make it for a camp (this summer) but I had to do something with my dad," he said. "I was there for a camp last year (before my junior season), but I haven't been there since."

The University of Michigan has not offered Hankins a scholarship, and he said it is one offer he has coveted. After taking a trip there in late June, Hankins said the U-M coaches told him they would be in touch with him soon thereafter about a potential scholarship offer.

"They never called me back," he said.

Rated as the No. 28 defensive tackle prospect in the country, Hankins said his favorite position is to line up at nose guard. After weighing in around 330 pounds, he is now reportedly down to around 310.

Hankins said his weight has not affected his play.

"When I weighed 330 (pounds), I was just as quick," he said. "Some schools want me to be around 300, but no one has a problem with it."

As a junior, he earned all-city honors after making 87 tackles – 13 for loss – and five sacks.


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