Cougars Land Lone Peak Prospect

Lone Peak's Jacob Hannemann missed all of his junior year due to a knee injury and was subsequently not a known commodity to potential recruiters. Through his play during his senior year, however, he showed that he's worthy of a Division I scholarship and was offered by his favorite school, BYU. Hannemann quickly accepted that offer almost the very second it was given to him.

"I love BYU, always have since I moved here with my family," related Jacob Hannemann, who moved to Utah from Hawaii about 10 years ago. "I've always wanted to play for BYU, so when they offered it was a real easy decision."

Jacob Hannemann is a 6-foot-1-inch, 190-pound defensive back/wide receiver recruit who starred on both sides of the ball for Lone Peak High School this past season. He also starred on the baseball field and plans on trying out the baseball diamond at BYU during his first season.

"We'll see how it works out," he said. "I doubt I'll be able to play both. I'm going to leave for my mission right out of high school, so we'll see how it works out when I get back."

Hannemann is a well-rounded athlete who claims a 4.5 forty time, which goes along well with his superior height and ball skills at his defensive back and wide receiver positions. He doesn't know which side of the football he'll yet play for while at BYU, but is okay with either position.

"It just depends on where the coaches need me most," he said. "It's a ways off, and when I get back I'll just see where they want me and that's the position I'll play."

Hannemann is very close friends to teammate and fellow BYU commit Sae Tautu. Indeed, when Tautu was offered a scholarship by BYU this past summer Hannemann was a tad jealous.

"Oh, I was jealous for sure," he confirmed. "We're close, real close, and seeing him get that offer, I wanted it bad, but it did work out for me and I couldn't be more excited for the opportunity to play for BYU. It's a great honor to be sure."

BYU first started contacting him just over a month ago and offered him a written scholarship earlier Wednesday. The University of Utah was also starting to recruit him and was close to offering, but Hannemann quickly snatched the BYU offer up once it became available.

BYU assistant coach Brandon Doman was his primary recruiter and the effort to convince Hannemann that BYU was the place for him wasn't all that difficult.

"BYU has everything I want in a school and they've always been the school I wanted to play for," he said. "I love the coaches. Coach Mendenhall, he's the man. I love talking to him and listening to what he has to say."

Hannemann's goals this coming year and until the time he arrives at BYU is to increase his speed and prepare himself as best possible for the rigors of college football.

"I feel that I can cut down on my forty time some. It's been hard concentrating on my speed since I play baseball. This year I'm going to try and run some track to get myself faster and better prepared for football. I want to do everything I can to be the best player I can be by the time I show up and play for BYU."

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