Colorado linebacker commits to Tulsa
BY BILL HAISTEN World Sports Writer
Monday, December 10, 2012
12/10/12 at 4:46 AM
On Sunday, University of Tulsa football coach Bill Blankenship visited the home of a Fort Collins, Colo., recruit.
As the meeting concluded, Jake Hanks - a 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker prospect - committed to Blankenship and the Hurricane program. TU offered a scholarship several months ago. Hanks also considered offers from Air Force, Wyoming and Northern Colorado.
"Before (Blankenship) visited, I had it in my mind that I wanted to commit to Tulsa," Hanks said. "My confidence got even higher when he was here. It's a good deal."
Hanks was the 2012 Colorado Class 5A state champion in the shot put. He played fullback and defensive end for Fort Collins High School, which opened the 2012 season with three losses but rallied with a seven-game win streak and secured a berth in the state playoffs.
During his official visit to the TU campus, Hanks watched the Hurricane defeat Rice 28-24 on Oct. 20. While he expects to be a linebacker at TU, "they (Hurricane coaches) said they could see me playing at H-back," Hanks said.
Verbal commitments are not binding. Recruits may sign national letters of intent in February. Hanks is the 15th player on TU's 2013 commitment list.