Another day, another recruit? Yep -- although technically, it's another day, another two recruits. Hours after fellow Texan Gavin Holmes gave his verbal commitment to Iowa, cornerback recruit Matt Hankins did the same on Monday afternoon. The #TEXODUS continues! (Everything really is bigger in Texas, even the recruiting pipelines.)
Hankins, a 6-1, 160-lb prospect, is a consensus 3* recruit and he becomes the 14th member of Iowa's 2017 football recruiting class. He reported offers from a host of schools, including several Power 5 programs: Colorado, Duke, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, and Texas Tech. He also had multiple offers from non-Power 5 programs, including Houston, Fresno State, Nevada, SMU, UConn, Colorado State, and several other Texas-area teams. Hankins reported that the final four schools that he was considering were Texas Tech, Duke, Houston, and Iowa, but he opted to join the rising swell of Texans joining Iowa's 2017 recruiting class.
Hankins hails from the delightfully-named Flower Mound, Texas, and had a productive junior season: 50 tackles (33 solo), 13 pass deflections, and two interceptions. That earned him first team CB honors on the 6A All-District team. In his ability, Hankins shows good anticipation and an ability to read the quarterback in his interceptions, but mostly he just displays very solid coverage skills -- he does a very good job of sticking with his man and being there to break up passes. We don't see many highlights of his tackling skills or his ability to help out in run support, but given how much of a premium the Iowa coaches place on those attributes in cornerbacks, let's just assume that they're comfortable with his abilities there as well.
Like Holmes, Hankins also seems like a good bet to improve the hair game of the Iowa team:
Welcome to Iowa, Mr. Hankins.