Buckeyes Remain High On Hankins' List

It has been a busy period of time for Detroit Southeastern defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins. With coaches visiting his school and showing interest, the three-star prospect has landed a new offer but might have one school atop his list. BuckeyeSports.com has the latest from Hankins' coach as well as his final senior statistics.

It's getting to be that time for Johnathan Hankins. The three-star defensive tackle prospect from Detroit Southeastern is closing in on making a decision and has coaches and recruiters paying their respects at his school.

On Nov. 30, it was two Ohio State coaches who were in attendance. One was defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, and Southestern head coach Donshell English could not recall the name of the second.

"It's kind of a hectic day for us," he said.

A hectic day capping a hectic period of time for the 6-2, 300-pound Hankins. A childhood Michigan fan, he has added a scholarship offer from the Wolverines and will take an official visit to Ann Arbor in December.

First up will be a trip to see the Buckeyes during the weekend of Dec. 11.

"They're way up on the list," English said of OSU. "They're very high on the list. I'm pretty sure he's flattered that they offered him and they really want him because they have basically told him that he fits into their plans and they think the world of him. He really loves that. He really likes what Ohio State has to offer him."

In addition, Hankins has already taken visits to see Florida and Virginia. The Florida visit was this past weekend. He could still squeeze in a fifth and final official visit to an as-yet undetermined school, his coach said, but the plan is to announce a final decision before the new year.

English said he has not had much chance to talk to Hankins about his offer form the Wolverines.

"I'm not sure how big of a deal it is," he said. "It's all about what the kid wants. I haven't been able to talk to him really over the last few weeks to see what he thinks about it because everybody is starting to come in and offer him and do the things they do to persuade him to come. I really haven't been able to talk to him and see where they are yet."

Although there have been concerns about Hankins' academic standing, English said that there will be no problems as long as the nation's No. 49 defensive tackle prospect continues on his current path.

"He's eligible already," the coach said. "He's got a good core GPA and he's taken the ACT so he's fine. His overall GPA is decent enough on the sliding scale that he's qualified as of right now. He just has to keep it up."

English declined to disclose Hankins' ACT score.

As a senior, Hankins recorded 56 tackles including 12 for loss and 11 sacks and also recorded a pair of forced fumbles and fumble recoveries.

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