December 3, 2012

Hanks to decide soon

There is an old saying in college football, "it's not the X's and the O's, but the Jimmy's and the Joe's."

This weekend the Wyoming coaching staff will present their sales pitch to a Jake, hoping to land themselves a linebacker. Fort Collins linebacker Jake Hanks said he is going to give Wyoming and Tulsa each one last chance to offer their sales pitch before making his college choice.

"Part of me would like to see who the new coaching staff is at CU, but I think I have it narrowed down because they (Tulsa and Wyoming) have been in it the longest," Hanks said. "I think I am going to make my decision pretty quick. I have (UW Offensive Coordinator Gregg) Brandon coming on Thursday and (Tulsa coach) Scott Downing coming on Sunday, so I'll make my decision. I just want to get it out of the way.

"I think I am leaning one way but the last two home visits with the coaches are going to be the final says," Hanks said.

Hanks said his decision will come down to a combination of academics, rapport with the coaching staff and the ability to play right away.

Hanks is coming off a seaon in which he was named All-Colorado by ROOT Sports, as well as First Team All-Conference for his work as a defensive end and a fullback. Hanks was credited with 61 stops and 6.5 sacks defensively and 348 yards on the ground. For his efforts, he has been offered scholarships at Northern Colorado, Air Force, Wyoming and Tulsa.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pound linebacker from Fort Collins High School was in Laramie this weekend visiting the University of Wyoming to visit the campus and see the Wyoming basketball win over Colorado. It was a win Hanks termed, "pretty sweet."

"It went really good," Hanks said of his visit Monday night. "I liked tthat I got to spend more time with the coaches and the players. They (UW) treated us really good. They took really good care of us and that was nice."

Hanks said he also got some time with academic advisors in the kineseology as well as some time with current Wyoming player and host Zack Berg. He said he also got to see more of Laramie and the State of Wyoming than he had previously.

"It was different than I expected, honestly. Peple think of Wyoming and they think of nothing, but Laramie is a nice city and I had fun."

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