Before I go in depth on the latest recruiting steal for Dan Mullen and his staff, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Russ Johnson, and I am going to be covering recruiting around here. With National Signing Day so close, I picked a great time to join FWtCT, and I couldn't be more excited to get started. I am 23, and I have a beautiful wife and two-year old daughter who definitely keeps me busy. I have been covering recruiting for about a year now, but i've been following recruiting for at least ten years. I currently live in Ohio as I await my wife to finish her degree, but I was born and raised in the great state of Georgia. I look forward to getting to know each and every one of y'all as time goes on, and you can find me on Twitter @JohnsonERA13.
We've got less then five days until National Signing Day, and Coach Mullen and his staff have several targets remaining on the board. One of those targets, three-star S John Michael Hankerson, has committed to the Bulldogs after an official visit, according to Paul Jones of 247Sports.
247Sports three-star ATH John Michael Hankerson tells Bulldawgs247 that he committed to MSU today https://t.co/qZZwHQsoYY— Paul Jones (@PJ247Sports) January 31, 2016
Hankerson, who played this season for Washington HS in South Bend, IN, is rated as a top 15 prospect in the state of Indiana. Prior to his junior year of high school, Hankerson attended Starkville HS. Hankerson had other offers from Indiana, Bowling Green, and Western Michigan among others. He is also an outstanding track athlete, and will also run track in Starkville.
Taking a look at his Sr. season highlights, the first thing that jumps off the tape: Speed. He has elite speed, and according to his Hudl account, has been clocked at a 4.25 40 yard dash. To go with that elite speed, Hankerson has the ball skills to win the ball in the air that just can't be taught. For a safety, he tackles in the open-field well, and was used in all three facets of the game in HS. While he is not expected to play offense in college, He has the home-run-threat potential every time he touches the ball that teams covet in today's game.
Look out for an update on where things stand for the class of 2016, as well as an introduction to the class of 2017 after a flurry of offers at yesterday's Jr. day early tomorrow morning. #HailState