KJ Hancock, 2-star wide receiver from Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett) committed to Miami (OH) over the summer, but he just recently took his official visit to the MAC program.
It went well, according to the 6-foot-2, 195 pound recruit.
“It was amazing,” Hancock told Today’s U when asked to recap the official. “I really liked it up there and had a ton of fun.”
And what stood out that made the visit so memorable for the Florida wideout?
“How it’s a legit college town,” he responded. “It’s like the city of Oxford wouldn’t be Oxford if Miami wasn’t there.”
The Miami (OH) commit also spoke a bit about his relationship with the staff and what it was like to talk with them in person. “They’re just more social than football. They try to build personal relationships before really talking about football,” he explained. “It’s pretty nice to build that personal relationship.”
And while Hancock does feel good about his connection with the RedHawks staff, there is one thing he’s currently seeking clarity on, and that’s his status as a freshman football player. He tells Today’s U that he’d prefer to play right away, but he’s not sure where the staff is at in regards to a redshirt season.
“Well they never really talk about my future of redshirting or anything like playing early, so I’m really confused on that part,” he said. “I would like to not be redshirted but if it happens then it’s not a bad thing. Just a good time to get my body right to play next year.”
Redshirting wouldn’t be the optimal situation, but Hancock can see sitting for his freshman year in a positive light. “It’s not something I really want, but there are also positives that come out of it,” he explained.
For what it’s worth, Hancock is the type of player who could thrive with early playing time as a freshman. Sure, he’s only a 2-star recruit, but he has the potential to play much higher than that ranking. Keep in mind, rankings don’t always translate to final potential for recruits.
Hancock has good size for a wideout but really stands out because of two main characteristics: He’s a smooth route runner with speed to separate from the defender and beat a defense over the top. He also does a very good job when it comes to extending his hands to make the catch away from the body.
Hancock can make bad throws look good because of his ability to extend, and he does a really nice job of high-pointing the football, so look for him to eventually be a legitimate red zone threat for the RedHawks in the future.
According to 247Sports, Hancock is the No. 315 wideout in the 2016 class and the No. 233 recruit from the state of Georgia. Though that number doesn’t jump off the screen, keep in mind that Georgia is a state known for its depth of talent at the high school level.
He committed to Miami (OH) despite offers from Jacksonville State, Georgia State and Western Carolina.