Harper, 6-foot-1 and 210-pounds, left Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin High School for Montgomery Carver, leaving Hankins and his other teammates behind. The two have remained tight and even made an official visit together this past weekend to Arkansas.
“It was one of the very best visits ever,” Harper said. “I felt so loved. The atmosphere was great. It was just an amazing time. And it was special to visit with Beau. I have been playing with him and hanging out since we were young. It would be great if we ended up in college together.”
Hankins, 6-foot-1 and 230-pounds, was blown away from the trips to see the Razorbacks just like his longtime friend.
“It was everything and more,” Hankins said. “It was unexplainable. I had so much fun. I am speechless. I am more comfortable than ever with Arkansas. I love the coaching staff because they are so down to earth. They are about business, and they do have one of best business schools in the country. They have state of the art equipment and the place is very beautiful. Hopefully it works out for the both of us. If I didn’t play college football with my best friend the college experience wouldn’t be the same.”
Harper is scheduled to visit Vanderbilt (1-20) next weekend while Hankins has lined up Central Florida (1-20). Ole Miss could get the chance to host these two on Jan. 27th.
“My last visit could go to Ole Miss, Wake Forest, Stanford or Mississippi State,” Hankins said. “I will talk with my mom, my coach and the good Lord and we will see what comes up.”
Both Hankins and Harper visited FIU last month together. At least for now, they both have a leader and it’s the same school. That’s not a surprise.
“Arkansas is my favorite right now,” Harper said. “It’s the same with Beau as well.”
Hankins is the No. 56 ranked inside linebacker prospect in the nation while Harper is the No. 95 outside linebacker in the country.