Jonathan Hannah, a 6-4, 255 pound prospect out of South View High School in Hope Mills, North Carolina, was forced to play on the offensive line his junior season last year. South View was short on offensive tackles, so Head Coach Randy Ledford asked his tight end to make the move.
“We had to have him at tackle because we didn’t have any depth,” Ledford said. “He did real good at tackle. I think it really helped him as a blocker, which will help him become a better all-around tight end. He’s very athletic.”
Hannah took the move in a positive stride and now feels he is a more complete tight end, which is where he will play his senior season. Very athletic and with good hands, he already possessed natural ability as a receiver.
“I never thought it might help me to move to tackle last year,” Hannah said. “But someone told me it would help me as a blocker, and I really think it did. It wasn’t that hard of an adjustment, and it did help.”
Tight end is the position most schools are recruiting Hannah to play on the next level (though he could play defensive end). He has received six scholarship offers thus far, including UNC, NC State, Virginia, Penn State, Duke, and Vanderbilt. He mentioned Nebraska, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Ohio State, Auburn, Alabama, and Tennessee as programs showing heavy interest at this time.
Already enjoying the recruiting process, do not expect Hannah to make an early decision. In fact, he says he would like to take all five official visits before making his choice.
“I want to take all five of my official visits,” said Hannah, who received his first letter as a freshman in high school. It was from Tennessee. “I’m pretty open right now. I’m looking for a school with a great academic program, general location will be a factor, and a good football program.”
Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, Hannah and his family moved several years later to Chester, Virginia, where he spent his middle school days. Just before high school, his family moved once again to Hope Mills, where he has been ever since.
“I’ve lived in North Carolina for the majority of my life,” Hannah said. His father played football for NC State from 1976-1979. Chuck Amato was the Defensive Coordinator at the time. “Right now, I’d probably prefer going in-state. Well, what I mean by prefer is that right now I’m most comfortable with the in-state schools.”
If there is any true preference right now, it may be to stay in the ACC. He grew...
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