DeSoto (Texas) High School 2018 wide receiver B.J. Hanspard only has a few games of varsity football under his belt up to this point, but several FBS programs are already confident in his ability and three Power 5 offers have already come his way.
“I had a pretty good JV season, then got moved up to varsity for the second to last game of the regular season,” Hanspard told Today’s U. “Then, I started my first game in the playoff game against Coppell.”
The 6-foot, 170-pounder holds offers from Arkansas, Texas Tech and Colorado and is sure to add more once he continues to make plays this fall.
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“I’m very grateful to receive an SEC, a Pac-12 and a Big 12 offer,” Hanspard said. “It’s a blessing to receive all those offers and to see that all my hard work is not in vain. It’s just more motivation to keep pushing.
“Boston College was sending in a lot of letters to me during the spring and Notre Dame and Oklahoma State are interested. I’m hoping to add Oklahoma State and I’m hoping to add Michigan State as well.”
While the 247Sports’ 86 overall 3-star is sure to add more offers, he’s thrilled to have the three options already in hand.
“Texas Tech was a very big offer for me because my father (Byron) was a great player there and set many records, so it was even more motivation for Tech to offer me and want me to do some of the things he did.
“Arkansas, with them being an SEC school, it was like, ‘Wow.’ If a school that big can see something good in you and potential in you, it makes you want to become even better than what you are.
“Colorado, being Wide Receiver U with coach (Darrin) Chiaverini and the way he coaches his receivers and the way he takes care of them.”
At this point, the 3-star isn’t too much concerned with recruiting and will dive into the process later down the road.
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“I haven’t taken any unofficial visits yet,” Hanspard said. “I’ve been going through summer training with my school, working on my craft and staying focused on helping my team out.
“I’m not really stressing on getting out to colleges right now, I’m just staying focused as far as keeping everything on track, getting stronger, getting faster and getting quicker. If any coaches contact me about getting me out to junior days, then I’ll have to talk to my dad about.”
Although his dad was a very decorated Red Raider, there’s no pressure from the elder Hanspard for his son to also don the scarlet and black.
“He wants me to do what’s best for me,” Hanspard said. “He doesn’t want me to go where he went just because of my last name.”
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However, at this point, Texas Tech is in great shape with the junior wide out.
“I haven’t really talked to any of the coaches face to face about the potential they see in me, but Emmett Jones at Texas Tech tells me to keep working every day,” Hanspard said. “There’s nothing you can’t achieve if you put your mind to it. Stay humble and the Lord will exalt you.”
While it’s likely the 3-star will end up playing Power 5 football, he won’t be making his future decision based solely off of football.
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“I’m not going to go to school based on football,” Hanspard said. “I’m going to school based on my college major. If football does not work out and that doesn’t factor in with the plan God has for me, then I still want to have a degree from one of the top colleges that serves me best, so I’ll have what I need to be successful in life, if football doesn’t work out.”
Don’t expect any major moves by Hanspard regarding his recruitment for the next year or so.
“I’m being very patient right now as far as decisions,” Hanspard said. “I don’t want to commit and then decommit if a different offer comes in because my father told me that’s not how a good athlete should be and it’s not right. So, I’m going to wait until the end of my senior year to make my decision.”