Holding for the 'Canes

National Recruiting Editor
Posted Dec 7, 2006
Allen Wallace, National Recruiting Director TheInsiders.com and SuperPrep.com

"This Friday we play Lakeland High School for the state championship," said four-star Florida wide receiver Leonard Hankerson. "My head has been in the game and I'm focusing on winning the championship. It's not that I'm not also concentrating on my official visits, I just need to get through the championship first..."

Four-star wide receiver Leonard Hankerson (6-3, 195, 4.55), from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas (Fla.), said he favors Miami, Ohio State and UCLA over South Carolina and Florida. All have offered.

"This Friday (December 8) we play Lakeland High School for the state championship," Hankerson said. "My head has been in the game and I'm focusing on winning the championship. It's not that I'm not also concentrating on my official visits, I just need to get through the championship first.

"I had a home visit last Saturday (December 2) with Miami coaches Marquis Mosely (wide receivers) and Tim Walton (defensive backs). They said they only have three receivers coming back and they really need me. They also said that they didn't want me to worry about the fact that they don't have a head coach yet. They are working on trying to hire a coach from Texas Tech or West Virginia. Three other coaches have already denied the job. I'm not making a decision until I see what happens with the Hurricanes.

"As it stands now, the fact that Miami doesn't have a head coach doesn't bother me," he said. "If they get a great coach and keep the coaches that they have on staff now then everything will be great. If they get a crappy head coach who makes a lot of changes then I'll have to rethink my plan. My plan right now is to wait it out and see what happens.

"I talk to the Miami coaches several times a week, I've been to their campus several times and know some of the players. Tavares Gooden (linebacker) and Anthony Wollschlager (center) both went to my school and come around to watch us play or chit-chat with the coaches. I've seen their weight room and have watched them practice. I know a lot about the Hurricanes and feel pretty good about them.

"I haven't heard from Ohio State in almost three weeks," Hankerson said. "They produce some great players and have a really good program. Coaches Jim Tressel and Darrell Hazell (wide receivers) both say that I am a great player and that I would love the Buckeyes.

"Coach D.J. McCarthy from UCLA says that they are only signing one wide receiver and they are very interested in it being me. I don't know a whole lot about UCLA right now, but am looking forward to my official visit sometime in January to learn more about them. UCLA would not be too far away for me.

"South Carolina and Florida call every few weeks," he said. "But, I'm kind of considering them as back-up schools. I don't know anything about South Carolina and Florida has signed a lot of players already. There's too much competition at Florida for me to play early. As a child I favored Miami and Florida. That's why I'm still considering Miami even though they don't have a head coach.

"I'm trying to play early. Nothing else really matters to me, not even the distance. Miami, Ohio State and UCLA all say that if I come in and work hard I have a great opportunity at playing early.

"My parents don't really care which school I attend; they just want me to be happy. The one thing that I do have to think about is my son. He lives with his mother, but I won't get to see him as much when I finally decide where to go. I want to make a decision that will be the best possible one for my future so that I can be a great father.

"I'm currently only planning three official visits for January, but will be taking all five," Hankerson said. "If I have to, I'll wait until signing day before I make a decision. I have a lot of things to think about. The championship, Miami's coach situation and my son. I should narrow it down in mid-January though."

Partial senior stats (12-1): 33 catches/719 yds/13 TDs

Hankerton reports a 2.5 core GPA and a 750 SAT score (old version).

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