Dixie quarterback Martin Hankins from Hattiesburg, Miss., eyes the west coast and the feeling is mutual. Both Oregon and Oregon State have expressed interest in the Dixie bred signal-caller and the word is Hankins will attend both schools’ football camps coming up next month.
Hankins stands 6-foot-2, weighs 190 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.85. He was an all-area and all-district selection after throwing for 2,890 yards and 29 touchdowns.
After viewing Hankins on tape, he throws a nice long ball and seems to hit his receivers in stride.
Oregon and Oregon State aren’t the only colleges showing interest. Southern schools Ole Miss, Mississippi State, USM, Florida, LSU, Alabama and Miami are also writing the talented signal-caller from Brett Favre country. UNLV, Nevada and Wyoming have also sent letters of inquiry regarding Hankins.
How in the heck, you are probably wondering, did Oregon and Oregon State find out about a quarterback from deep in the heart of Dixie?
New Oregon Duck director of football operations Jim Hawkins was the former director of the Peyton Manning football camp. Hankins was a standout at the camp and Hawkins took that information with him when he departed to the Pacific Northwest.
Oregon State hired former Auburn offensive coordinator Neil Mazzone. Mazzone recruited the Hattiesburg area for the Tigers and QB that he was impressed with was none other than Martin Hankins.
Hankins is an excellent reader of defenses and he throws the football to the right spot. He has the leadership skills on and off the field. An intangible you love in a quarterback.
A superb all-around athlete, Hankins is also an all-district performer as a baseball player. He plays third base, pitches and hit .352 as a junior.
What kind of school does Hankins want to go to? “I want to go to a school that likes to throw the ball,” Hankins said.
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