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Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Ohio State gets Hankins, Illini add Benn's bro

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Two items from the recruiting trail for you, courtesy of ESPN's Scouts Inc.

Mammoth defensive lineman Johnathon Hankins picks Bucks

Ohio State has landed the commitment of Southeastern (Detroit) defensive tackle Johnathon Hankins.

The 6-foot-3, 315-pound Hankins chose the Buckeyes over the Florida Gators and the Michigan Wolverines.

"Ohio State has good academics," Hankins told ESPN affiliate Web site Bucknuts.com. "They have nice facilities. I have a good vibe with the coaches. I talk to coach [Jim] Tressel a lot. Being with him, he'll lead me the right way."

Rated a three-star prospect, Hankins has also drawn offers from Alabama, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin, Bowling Green and Toledo, among others.

During his senior season, he recorded 80 tackles and 17 sacks.

The Buckeyes now have 16 pledges for the Class of 2010.

Long road for Trulon Henry leads to Illinois

Illinois has added a Class of 2010 commitment from Trulon Henry, a 6-foot-1, 220-pound safety/linebacker from College of DuPage, Ill.

His younger brother, Arrelious Benn, recently announced that he was foregoing his senior season as a receiver for the Illini and entering the NFL Draft.

In 2003, Henry graduated from Woodrow Wilson (Washington D.C.), but quickly had off-field problems and was arrested for armed robbery. He served almost five years.

Now 25, Henry was selected as a captain by his teammates and named a first-team defensive back on the NJCAA All-American team.

My quick thoughts: Hankins is a big get for the Buckeyes, not only because of the position he plays, but because of the teams vying for his services. He's also from Michigan's backyard, though the Wolverines are looking more to other regions (Southeast) for their recruits. Henry is a fascinating prospect for Illinois with his connection to Benn and his back story. Benn remains very close to his older brother, and Henry's recruitment was a possible reason for Benn to stay in Champaign. I look forward to talking with Henry about his second chance in football.