April 2, 2011

In-state LB impressed with Alabama

Birmingham linebacker Beau Hankins made the short drive down to Tuscaloosa on Friday where he watched the University of Alabama practice and talked with the Crimson Tide coaching staff.

"I got to see the coaches in action for the first time," Hankins said. "I was amazed. It was like nothing I'd ever seen in my life before. It was up-tempo and very intense. It's NFL-caliber coaching with every coach."

Hankins kept a close eye on UA assistant coach Sal Sunseri and the Tide linebacking corps as they went through their drills.

"The linebackers that I watched are very athletic and very agile," Hankins said. "When you see 240 pounds running so agile, it gives the big guys hope that one day I can be like that."

Hankins, who is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, can play both inside and outside but prefers to play middle linebacker where he says the action is and where he can hit somebody.

As a junior at Jackson-Olin High School, Hankins finished with 103 tackles, three tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and three blocked punts.

At this point, Alabama has not extended an offer to Hankins, but he says that could change if he has a good spring and performs well at the UA camp this summer.

"On the first visit I had, Coach Sal told he loved my tape, but they wanted to get me up to camp so they could see how I run and how I move in drills," Hankins said.

"This time, he told me he wanted me but that Coach (Nick) Saban had to want to me too. He said Coach Saban wants me to come to camp, and if I do well in camp, they'll have an offer for me."

If Alabama were to extend an offer, Hankins said it would definitely be one of his top schools. He plans to come back to Tuscaloosa for the A-Day game on April 16.

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