Hankins Visit Exceeds Expectations

Dallas (TX) Parrish Episcopal inside linebacker, Rob Hankins, woke up Thursday morning and decided to make the 3 hour drive to College Station. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound, defender currently holds over 20 scholarship offers from schools across the country, but his visit with the A&M coaching staff last week made a profound impact on the four-star playmaker.

There are a number of in-state and out-of-state linebacker prospects the Texas A&M coaching staff feels they have a legitimate shot at landing in 2011, including a few committed elsewhere. Dat Nguyen received a surprise unofficial visit from one his top priorities last week that seemingly moved the first year coach one step closer to landing his biggest coup yet.

Dallas (TX) Parrish Episcopal inside linebacker, Rob Hankins, woke up Thursday morning and decided to make the 3 hour drive to College Station. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound, defender currently holds over 20 scholarship offers from schools across the country, but his visit with the A&M coaching staff last week made a profound impact on the four-star playmaker.

"They have been recruiting me extremely hard and were dying to get me on campus so the least I could do is drive up there," said Hankins. "I found out a lot more than what I was expecting when I was in College Station. It's a really special place and I feel like they are going to be in my top 4 now."

Aggie fans are well aware of the defensive struggles they have endured over the past few years. Only time will tell if the off-season coaching changes will pay off for Coach Sherman but for what it's worth, Hankins feels things are heading in right direction in Aggieland.

"I feel like they are on the verge on becoming a national power again," Hankins proclaimed. "I have the opportunity to be on the front of that and make a difference in the program. That's something that is really attracting me to A&M is the fact that I could have the opportunity to make a difference on the team."

"Coach Sherman is starting to get his own players in and they all seem confident in what they are going to do next year. I'll be watching but I feel like they are going to be very good."

Hankins has the opportunity to play just about wherever he wants in college. Now, it's about finding a school where he will feel comfortable spending the next four years of his life.

"I really fit in with the school. I fit in with the kind of kids that go there. I feel like I fit in with the football team and the coaching staff," said Hankins about A&M. "They have a great group of guys there who I really like, so I would feel comfortable at A&M if that's where I choose to go."

Hankins' decision to take an unofficial by himself allowed him to spend plenty of quality time with his area recruiter and position coach.

"When I first got there, I spent most of the time with Coach Nguyen. We toured the facilities and he showed me around the Bright Complex. I got to meet with all the coaches eventually and I feel like they are a great group of guys who I would be comfortable with as coaches and mentors."

With the lack of depth at the inside linebacker position, Hankins will have the opportunity to compete for a starting spot as a freshman. Although A&M is selling early playing time, Rob knows that doesn't automatically mean a starting spot will not need to be earned.

"They can't just say the starting position is mine when I get there. I know I'll have to work for it but they definitely told me that I have a good chance at starting my freshman year."

Hankins recorded 135 tackles, 25 of those for a loss, 12 sacks, and an interception in 2009. The Parrish Episcopal defense is fairly complex at the high school level. They run multiple looks out of the 5-2 and 3-4 and according to Hankins, he is very familiar with the same look A&M will be implementing next season.

"I transferred from a different high school that only ran the 3-4 so I am very familiar with it," said Hankins.

The recruiting process is starting to wear on Hankins. He wants to take most of official visits and hopefully end the process by the middle of his senior season. Rob hasn't seen a game at Kyle Field since he was a little kid so he plans on using one of his five officials to A&M in the fall. Miami, California, Arizona, and Arkansas will also be major players for Hankins. Stay tuned to Websider for all the latest on Hankins.


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