Given the success he enjoyed on the recruiting trail I often thought that when a bigger program finally swept away wide receiver coach Jarrail Jackson, Dartmouth might want to hire someone with a similar background. That is, bring in a former high-profile player with strong roots in a football-rich area.
Yesterday Dartmouth announced the hiring of Cortez Hankton as wide receivers coach. He replaces Jackson, now at Washington State.
Like Jackson, a former Oklahoma great, Hankton has a blue-chip pedigree as a player. A New Orleans native, he spent four years as a receiver with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2003-06), signed with the Minnesota Vikings in '07 and was on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers injured reserve in '08. He then played in the UFL with the New York Sentinels ('09), the Florida Tuskers ('10) and the Virginia Destroyers ('11).
Like Jackson, who was raised in Texas, Hankton has roots in the Lone Star State as a four-year starter, two-year captain and third-team All-American wide receiver at Texas Southern.
Check out the 6-minute video above. Very impressive. Interestingly, the video includes a sound bite from former Brown receiver Chas Gessner at about the 4:30 mark.
•Speaking of pro football, former Dartmouth defensive end Matt Oh was released by the CFL's Hamilton Tiger-Cats earlier this month. link