September 3, 2012

Hanks set for three visits

After losing half of his junior year to a shoulder injury, Fort Collins High School linebacker, Jake Hanks said it felt great to get back on the field Friday night - though the result wasn't exactly what he had hoped for.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound Hanks said his Fort Collins squad took one on the chin Friday, losing 42-9 to Columbine. Hanks said he was credited with 10 tackles defensively and eight rushes for 64 yards, and the Lambkins only touchdown of the night.

"It felt good to get back out there," Hanks said. "The body feels good, just a little sore."

This weekend Fort Collins takes on Cherokee Trail. In addition to the Cherokee Trail game Friday, Hanks said he plans to take in the Colorado State home opener with North Dakota State. He said it is not the only visit he plans to make this fall. Hanks said he plans to travel to Tulsa for a visit and will also take in the Wyoming/Boise State game in October. Having been to both Colorado State and Laramie, he said his focus for these visits includes taking in a football Saturday in both Fort Collins and Laramie.

"I just want to see what it is like on the gameday atmosphere is the biggest thing," Hanks said. "CSU games are fun, but sometimes the crowd just isn't there. I have never been to a game in Laramie, so this will be my first and we will be excited for that."

While the Wyoming coaches have been offering their best sales pitch, so have a couple of Wyoming commitments from the recruiting class of 2013 - defensive tackles Dalton Fields and James Diamanti.

"I have been talking to both James Diamanti and Dalton Fields," Hanks said. "They are telling me that we could be a really good base for a defense at Wyoming and I agree with them. They are the best defensive tackles in Colorado."

Currently Hanks holds scholarship offers from Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Tulsa and Air Force. He said he is also hearing from Colorado, Colorado State, North Dakota State. Princeton and Columbia have also gotten in contact lately and Hanks said an offer from Columbia isn't out of the question.

Hanks said he plans to devote his focus this fall to the Fort Collins High School football team, but is certainly listening to college coaches who call. He said he has some favorites and a timeline for when he wants to announce his college choice.

"Definitely Tulsa and Wyoming are the favorites because CSU hasn't offered," he said. "They are probably the top two. I am going to let my season go halfway through and If I haven't gotten any more offers I'll make a decision. Otherwise, I might wait until after the season to announce."

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