November 17, 2008

Detroit DT looking at State

Defensive tackle will be one of the top recruiting priorities for Head Coach Mark Dantonio and his staff next year. One of the players the Spartan re already taking a close look at is Johnathon Hankins of Detroit Southeastern High School. Spartanmag.com spoke with the 6-foot-4, 318-pound prospect last night and got the latest.

Hankins and his Southeastern team just finished up an outstanding season. The Jungaleers went 10-2, bowing out of the playoffs to 12-0 Dearborn Fordson in the Regional Finals by a score of 29-18. Southeastern was hoping to become the first PSL team to win the Division 1 State Championship.

Hankins and his teammate DE William Gholston helped anchor a defense that recorded 6 shutouts on the season. Southeastern was not only the Detroit PSL Champ, but defeated highly touted Cass Tech 3 times by a combined score of 96-25. Cass Tech features William Campbell, Teric Jones and Thomas Gordon.

As far as recruiting goes, Hankins indicated d that several teams have been in frequent contact with him.

"Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, Iowa, Ohio State, Wisconsin, I hear from all of those schools and a few more," he said.

As far as the in-state schools, Hankins had the following to say.

"I went to a lot of Michigan State games this year and I also went to the Michigan game when they beat Wisconsin. I have some friends that go to Michigan State, Fred Smith and Charles Burrell."

With Hankins size, he could project on either side of the ball. However, he indicated that as of right now teams are recruiting for his position of preference, defensive tackle. As far as scholarships, Hankins still is waiting on his first, but he may not have to wait too much longer.

"I have heard that I am one of the top guys on the bard for Wisconsin and they could offer me soon, he said. I guess I will just have to wait and see."

One of the things that makes Hankins such and intriguing prospect is that he moves very well for a player his size. Add to that the fact that he as a 365-pound bench press and a 500+ pound squat and you have a player who could see his stock rise significantly over the coming weeks.

Hankins indicated that Coach Dan Enos serves as the primary recruiter for both him and Gholston. Coach Enos has done an outstanding job recruiting Detroit since arriving at Michigan State. It is possible that the Spartans would like to see this due playing together at the next level. If this past season performance is any indication that may not be a bad idea.


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