BULLARD - For the past four years, Grant Hanks has lit-up scoreboards in football and basketball from Midland and Abilene, to throughout the Metroplex and East Texas for The Guard of Brook Hill School.
On Tuesday afternoon, among three-rooms full of family, friends, teammates, coaches, and avid Guard sports fanatics watched the two-way standout sign on to play both sports for the Division-III Tigers at East Texas Baptist University.
Each sport shared offers from several D-I, through NAIA schools, and a few even mentioned playing two-sports in college.
"I'm going into this with on open mind, and just going to work as hard as I can at the next level, doing the best I can to play both sports, and help both programs be winners," said Hanks, who plays quarterback and defensive back in football and point guard on the hardwood.
For the Guard football team was a four year letterman, playing quarterback as a junior and senior, while serving as team captain as a senior.
Hanks garnered American State Bank, Player of the Week, Dairy Queen/ETSN Offensive Player of the Week, and Tyler Morning Telegraph, East Texas Honor roll.
In the TAPPS awards, Hanks was 4A Offensive Player of the Year, and All-State honorable mention this year. Selected as All Cherokee County/Southern Smith County Offensive MVP; Grant will play in the 2015 FCA Heart of Champions Bowl in June.
The list just as impressive on the hardwood.
Four year starter at point guard, reaping All-District, All-Region, and second team all-state in 2015. A member of the Azalea Orthopedics All-Star team, and received a Scout Focus invitation the past two years.
D-1 Certified Academic Recruits invitation, Lamar University Elite Camp invitation, and went to the TAPPS Class 3A final four his junior year.
That same season named TAPPS Offensive, Most Valuable Player, All State First Team, team captain.
Hanks also was multi-talented in they varsity choir, Audition Choir, and the Guard Chorale.
Local prestigious awards such as Rotary Outstanding High School Senior; Rotary Young Citizen of the Year, Distinguished Christian High School Student-Athletics as a senior and junior. Also in 2014, Rotary Youth Leadership Award nominee, and Rotary Student of the Month in March.
Another advantage for Hanks playing a strenuous two-sport, and tackling a mathematics- major curriculum, will be playing in East Texas, where he should profit from having the support of family and friends.
"I'm not gonna lie, it's nice to know we can go watch him play, and he has a lot of friends already playing ball or going to school over there, so it's a great match," said his father Dee at the signing. "Grant had always wanted the opportunity to play both sports, and they were the only school that put together an offer for both sports that sounded like he could do both, and I think he is already feeling at home with the coaches, and the challenge ahead of him, and seeing some familiar faces is always supportive."