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Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Thomas Hankerson, RB, Friends University

Draft Diamonds Prospect Interview: Thomas Hankerson, RB, Friends University 

Thomas Hankerson might be one of the best NAIA players in the history of NAIA.  Hankerson is a small 5’7 shifty back with plenty of speed to get to the next level.  Hankerson was not highly recruited out of college, but has made a great impact for Friends University.  His ridiculous numbers should get him an opportunity to play at the next level. SENIOR HIGHLIGHTS

How many teams were recruiting you out of high school?

Not many USF and University of Minnesota were the ones who really showed interest the most

Where did you choose and why?

Lane College division II because I wasn’t cleared thru NCAA clearinghouse

What were your goals for your senior year?

2000 rushing

Have any scouts met with you, and if so what are they saying?

No not yet

At your position, what separates you from the others?

My quickness and speed

Tell us what you look for when breaking down film?

I’m looking for the weakness in the defense mainly focus on the defensive line and also,reading the linebackers first move

Who was the toughest player you have ever faced?

Janoris Jenkins

If you could compare your play to one person in the NFL who would it be?

Darren Sproles

What was the biggest obstacle in your life you had to overcome, and how did you overcome it?

Getting one more chance to play football , stayed in school and stayed patient

What system fits your style of play the best?

Philadelphia Eagles

What is your biggest strength?

Explosion and Quickness

What is your biggest weakness?

My size

If I were a GM and gave you a second to sell yourself, what would you say?

You don’t have to draft me , put me in uniform and i will show u better than I can tell you!

Growing up, who was your role model?

I really didn’t have a role model but I do like Ladanian Tomlinson

Who was your favorite team and player in the NFL and why?

Cowboys my favorite team , And I would have to say Ladanian Tomlinson  because I feel we both have the same style of play

What was the most tragic event that ever happened in your life and how did you  overcome it?

Losing my GreatGrandmother and I over came it by staying in school and staying positive about the situation

If you were to have dinner with three people dead or alive who would it be?

Lil Boosie Ladanian Tomlinson and Mike Tyson

With your first paycheck what would you buy?

Some land so I can invest

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