Oct 13, 2012; Bloomington, IN, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins (52) against the Indiana Hoosiers during the 2nd half at Memorial Stadium. Ohio State defeated Indiana 52-49. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Ohio State Buckeyes DT Johnathan Hankins Enters 2013 NFL Draft

One of the top defensive lineman prospects in the nation has decided to enter the 2013 NFL Draft. Ohio State Buckeyes defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins announced his decision to go pro through a statement released by he university.

“I have decided, with the support of my family, to forego my senior season at Ohio State in order to enter the NFL Draft,” Hankins said. “I will always be grateful for the family I have gained here at Ohio State.

“I want to thank coach Meyer, coach Vrabel and strength coach Marotti for bringing the best out of me as a football player and person, and for their constant support. I also want to thank coach Tressel and coach Heacock for recruiting me and giving me an opportunity to be a part of this great school and great program.”

Hankins started 25 straight games to close out his college career and earned All-Big Ten honors to finish the season. He is considered by many to be a candidate to be drafted in the first-round.

The 20-year-old plans to return to Ohio State to earn his degree, despite leaving the football program to turn pro.

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