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Getting to Know our New Recruits: LB Beau Hankins

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Today we're talking about a difference-maker at linebacker.

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The next of the newest Yellow Jackets that we're going to profile is literally the newest of our Yellow Jackets. Birmingham, AL LB Beau Hankins looked like he was favoring Arkansas up until about a week and a half before Signing Day. He then took a visit to Georgia Tech, loved it, and ended up being the last man to send in his LOI on National Signing Day. He signed with Tech over Arkansas, Penn State, Stanford, UCF, Wake Forest, Southern Miss, Purdue, and Iowa State. He racked up a total of 17 scholarship offers overall, a number that was growing all the time as Signing Day neared. The coaches are excited to have him though, and the older alumni are thrilled to have a man on the roster named "Beau".

Hankins measures 6'2", 226lb, but looks a little more thick than that. I'd expect him to end up around 240-245lb. He's a good tackler, pursues the play well, sheds blocks well, and has decent speed for a linebacker. If I recall correctly, the coaches are looking for him to play inside linebacker (meaning he would need the extra 15-20lb), but from his film (seen below) he plays an awful lot near the line, and does a good job of it, leading me to think he might be better fit to play the position we have Jeremiah Attaochu at, which involves a lot of pass rushing. We'll just have to wait and see where he fits into Groh's system, but either way we're excited to have him. Welcome to the Institute, Beau!