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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State all-Big Ten Conference defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced today he will forego his senior season of eligibility with the Buckeyes and make himself available for the 2013 NFL Draft and an opportunity to continue his career at the next level.
“I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft,” Hankins said Monday. “I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State.
“I want to thank coach Meyer, coach Vrabel and strength coach Marotti for bringing the best out of me as a football player and person, and for their constant support. I also want to thank coach Tressel and coach Heacock for recruiting me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of this great school and great program.”
Hankins, who is 20, appeared in 38 games the past three years and started every game in 2011 and 2012 – 25 total. He was fourth on the team in tackles in 2011 with 67 stops, including 11 tackles-for-loss (-24 yards), and this past season he ranked fifth with 55 tackles, including 4.0 TFLs (-22).
“I have enjoyed coaching and getting to know Johnathan Hankins over the past year,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said. “His hard work on and off the field has given him an opportunity to move on to the next level. The coaching staff and I wish him all the best.”
Hankins, who wraps up his Ohio State career with 138 tackles (58 solos; 80 assists), including 16.5 TFLs (-55 yards) and five quarterback sacks, was a member of four prestigious award/trophy watch lists entering the 2012 season – the Lombardi, Outland, Bednarik and Nagurski.
As a freshman in 2010, Hankins played in all 13 games and was named the team’s outstanding first-year player on defense. He was Ohio State’s Jack Stephenson Award winner as the team’s outstanding defensive lineman in 2011, and this past year he was named all-Big Ten by the league’s coaches after making things miserable for opposing offenses all season despite constant double teams. Hankins had a career-high 10 tackles twice this season: vs. California and Alabama-Birmingham.
“My three years at The Ohio State University have provided amazing experiences for me, and they are years I will never forget or take for granted,” Hankins said. “My plans are to return to finish my degree and to continue to be a part of this brotherhood of Buckeyes. I am so appreciative for the support I have received from my teammates, the coaching staff and administrators at Ohio State, and of course, my family.”
Courtesy of OhioStateBuckeyes.com
This post was edited by Dan Rubin 19 months ago
Best of luck Big Hank! You were a great Buckeye!
Although expected it still stinks. Best of luck hank.
Good luck to you and wish the best for your family as well.
Thank you for your effort on the field and how you represented yourself as a Buckeye.
Michigan arrogance is a resistant bacteria that no amount of humiliation can exterminate. Author, Ramzy Nasrallah
Come on brownies we need one more stud d-lineman
Generosity = By watering others you will water yourself !!
Thank you Big Hank.
I would imagine The Hankins Family has their bags packed and sitting on the porch ready to gtfo of Detroit.
Good for him. Good for them.
Thanks Big Guy!
Good luck Big Hank!
My your liqueur be cold, your women be hot, and all your problems slide off like snot.
"Playing here is the closest thing to heaven on earth..." - Brian Rolle
Gonna miss this " lazy taking plays off" (Michigan fans take while he was being recruited) All American...give em hell Big Hank
Best of luck!! Manage your money well. The journey has just begun.
No we don't. I Love Hank but the Browns are fine at that position. we need a Stud receiver and a bad ass safety.
Good luck in the league
This post was edited by Keyser Soze 19 months ago
On the bright side for me is that the Titans suck and may be in the running for him since they need EVERYTHING.
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AKA The Notorious B.I.G.
I am a Buckeye...proof there is a God in Heaven who loves me.
And to think Rich Rodriguez passed on him.
Good Luck young man!
I have no hard feelings and never do when these kids want to move on and get paid.
He was a not very highly rated recruit who worked his ass off.
I wish him the best.
Good luck Big Hank it's been fun watching you play!
Always a Buckeye!
Nice statement from the young man. Appreciate him giving props to Jim Tressel along with Coach Meyer.
Good Luck, and as TommyBuckeye said "Manage your money well".
Best of luck, healthwise.
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God Bless You Big Hank! I am glad that we had you as long as we did. Best of luck in the NFL!
This post was edited by sprkh23 19 months ago
Man does time fly seems like yesterday we were recruiting this kid......best of luck big hank you earned it!!!!!!!!
It's his time. He's leaving injury free. Good luck.....next up.....Go Bucks
Good luck and have a long and healthy NFL career!
They've got the stud receiver in the making in Gordon.
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