Hanberry Has Skills

Josh Hanberry is a standout in football, track, and baseball. In other words, the junior from John Curtis Christian can do it all. Hanberry has his first scholarship offer in hand, but he would like to get an offer from SMU as well.

Josh Hanberry of John Curtis Christian has had a spring to remember. At the 2A state track meet in Baton Rouge, Hanberry put together a remarkable performance, winning the long jump and taking second place in the 100 meters.

In fact, the Patriots - thanks in large part to Hanberry - won the state championship in track. On top of that, Hanberry also picked up his first scholarship offer recently. Finally, the junior was the starting second baseman on a team that advanced to the semifinals last weekend.

"It felt really good to win the long jump," said Hanberry, who beat a loaded field - including Newman's Odell Beckham - in the event. "I was seeded second entering the state meet and my personal best was 22-6, but I jumped 23-1 on my first attempt. I was relieved after the first jump, because I was nervous coming in.

"In the 100, I felt good running the race, but I didn't get my usual good start. My personal best for the year was a 10.67. I ran a 10.88 at state (finishing second to Springhill's Charcandrick West, who ran a 10.83)."

Hanberry, who also ran a leg on the 3rd place 4 X 100 relay team, used his speed to his advantage on the baseball diamond, stealing a perfect 18-of-18 bases during the season. He rang up a .380 batting average for Curtis, which lost to Northlake Christian in the semifinals.

Now that track and baseball have concluded, Hanberry has turned his attention solely to football.

"I just started in full pads this week," said Hanberry. "We're going to bust it and work as hard as we can this spring. As a team, we at Curtis always have good athletes, but we need to get better on the offensive and defensive line. I got my first offer from Army, which surprised me. It just popped up all of a sudden.

"I'm also hearing from Tulsa and SMU. I would love to play at SMU. It's one of my top choices. They throw the ball a lot and I love to play receiver. I want to watch them some more this year."

In 2009, Hanberry caught 25 passes for nine touchdowns, despite playing in a ground-oriented veer offense.

"Last year, we needed to throw the ball to make big plays, while we usually stuff it with the run. My biggest catch probably came in the regular season game against St. Charles Catholic. We were down a score before the half and I caught an 85-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-16 at the end of the second quarter."

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