football

Mississippi QB talks top five

Three-star Mississippi quarterback
Martin Hankins has five schools in mind as he enters his senior season
at Hattiesburg High School.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound signal caller camped this summer
at Southern Miss, Alabama, Arkansas, Oregon and Oregon State, giving him a good
impression of what he's looking for in a prospective college.
"It was a real busy summer. I was on the road a lot, but
I had a great time," Hankins said. "I learned a lot a camp, and I'm ready to get
my senior season started."
Hankins, who passed for 2,890 yards and 29 touchdowns as
a junior, said his new top five consists of Southern Miss, Vanderbilt, West
Virginia, Oregon State and Alabama.
He talked briefly about each one:
"With USM, it's my hometown and they're really good in
Conference USA," he said. "I've grown up watching them play and been a big fan.
"Vanderbilt has me interested because of the great
education you can get there while playing in the SEC. If you go to school there,
not only are you going to face some great competition, but you're pretty much
guaranteed a great future, job-wise, when you graduate.
"West Virginia is another team from a good conference
with nice tradition. I like their offense, too. They throw the ball a lot.
"Oregon State is in the there because (assistant coach)
Neil Mazzone used to be at Ole Miss and Auburn. He still recruiting down here,
and he was familiar with me. I sent them a tape that they liked a lot, so they
asked me to come out to their camp. I loved it. It's a beautiful campus, and
they have some nice coaches.
"And with Alabama, they've got that great tradition.
It's been a team I've always kept up with since I was little."
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