February 13, 2009

Hankins getting early interest from UW

It doesn't take long to notice Johnathon Hankins on film.

The monstrous defensive tackle shows outstanding athleticism and technique for a player his size. Listed at 6-foot-3 and 326 pounds, the run-stuffing defensive lineman has already received major interest from a handful of BCS schools, including Wisconsin.

Thursday night, BadgerBlitz.com caught up with the 2010 Detroit (MI) Southeastern prospect to discuss his current recruitment and plans for the summer.

"I've had some contact with Coach DelVaughn Alexander," Hankins said. "It's mainly been through e-mail lately, but I know him pretty well. He checks up on me and I call him every once and awhile. I actually just got a camp invite in the mail from Wisconsin. I'll probably be camping there this summer."

Recruiting a relatively new area for the Wisconsin, Alexander is working hard to create in-roads to some of Michigan's top prep programs.

"I went on a trip to Wisconsin with some of my friends last season," Hankins said. "I really liked the campus and the facilities. The academic buildings were really nice. I enjoyed my time."

Wisconsin isn't the only school that has made an early impression on Hankins, as he recently returned from Gainesville, Fla., where he took in the Gators' junior day.

"I just went to Florida's junior day. Florida was really nice," he said. "You can't beat the weather. I really enjoyed their campus and facilities. I wouldn't mind going to school further away from home, but my family would like for me to stay close by."

Florida is the first of a handful or stops Hankins expects to make over the next few months.

"I plan on going to Michigan's junior day. I'd like to go to Wisconsin's but I'm not sure when it is yet," Hankins said. "As far as the summer, I plan on attending a handful of camps and combines."

It should also be noted that Hankins could be part of a package deal, which would include fellow Detroit Southeastern teammate, William Gholston.

"William and I are really good friends," he said. "We plan on playing at the same college. Hopefully it will all work out, but that is our plan."

Wisconsin's first junior day is scheduled for March 1 for in-state prospects. A date has not been set for its national junior day.

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