Detroit Southeastern defensive lineman Johnathon Hankins announced a commitment to Ohio State over scholarship offers from Michigan, Florida and Virginia as well as others. Hankins made his announcement at halftime of the Southeastern vs. Detroit Pershing basketball game at Southeastern High School.
"Big Hank's" decision gives Ohio State coach Jim Tressel another recruiting victory over Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez. It also gave the Buckeyes their first defensive tackle in their 2010 recruiting class.
The Wolverines had put the full-court press on Hankins the past month, but in the end he said it was the Gators that gave OSU the most competition.
"It was Ohio State, then Florida," Hankins said. "Michigan was third."
When asked why Ohio State, Hankins had plenty of reasons.
"Ohio State has good academics," Hankins said. "They have nice facilities. I have a good vibe with the coaches. I talk to coach Tressel a lot. Being with him, he'll lead me the right way.
"Having coach [Jim] Heacock being the defensive coordinator, and having a good relationship with him was another reason. And the players, I got along with them real good."
Hankins had admitted to being a Michigan fan when he was younger and there were rumors his father wanted him to stay close to home and become a Wolverine.
"Ohio State is not too far from home," Hankins said. "My dad said if I'm happy he's happy."
The Buckeyes' big win in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day may have been the clincher for Hankins.
"Seeing them in the Rose Bowl, I wanted to be part of that," Hankins said. "I want to help them win a national championship.
"The defense slowed down (Oregon). They stopped them from having explosive plays. And how Terrelle Pryor played, how he ran and threw the ball, that was good to see."
The 6-foot-3, 310-pound Hankins made 85 tackles including 12 sacks as Southeastern finished with a 10-1 record this season. He is one of the top defensive tackle prospects in the Big Ten region.
Kurelic's comment: Everything is coming up roses right now for the Buckeyes so to speak. First the Rose Bowl win, now the Hankins recruiting victory. Next could be good news this weekend from Sharrif Floyd and Latwan Anderson that they too are headed to Ohio State. It could be a great eight day period for the Ohio State football program.
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