North Gwinnett’s K.J. Hancock was a part of Class AAAAAA’s most lethal passing attacks which accounted for over 3,000 yards and led the Bulldogs to an 8-3 record. He caught nearly 300 yards worth of passes and played a big role in his first year seeing a lot of playing time. The 6-foot-2 junior thinks that his ability to outsmart opponents and understand coverages gives him an advantage on the field. His good size also allows him to make plays with his big body and grab jump balls. He hasn’t gotten any offers yet but believes he will after another summer of visiting camps and another year as a top target. This past summer he attended camps at Vanderbilt, North Carolina State and Kentucky where he enjoyed the competitive nature and learned about his strengths and weaknesses.
K.J. has always been a fan of Duke and North Carolina both because of their strong academics and due to the fact they have prestigious basketball programs. Hancock plays combo guard for the Bulldogs and has played since he was little. At first his dad wanted him to pursue only basketball, but it was his dad’s friend that got him into football at six years old where he played quarterback growing up before switching to wide receiver his freshman year. K.J. enjoys wide receiver because growing up all the top play makers he would watch were wide receivers and now he has a chance to emulate them.
Academically, K.J. maintains a 3.5 GPA and was awarded with the scholar-athlete patch this year. He would like to study pediatrics in school due to his love of working with kids. His dad has helped push him to achieve greatness in both sports and football and K.J. is very appreciative.
His favorite football memory came last season as a sophomore when North Gwinnett rallied to beat Mill Creek using three touchdowns in a six minute span. Since his sister’s side of the family is from Philadelphia, K.J. has become an Eagles fan especially when the team picked up Mike Vick a few years back. He rivals with his dad who is a massive Cowboys fan and used to be one of the best Madden players in the nation.
K.J. will have one more season to make a name for himself and make plays like the star players in Madden his senior year. Whether it is pediatrics or football, K.J. has the backing from his family to succeed in whatever he puts his mind to.