Rated as the No. 9 overall prospect in the state of Massachusetts, Shannon chose Duke over a healthy slate of interest that included an offer from Maryland and heavy interest from Michigan, Notre Dame, Northwestern, Penn State, Stanford and Virginia, all of whom were in the process of deciding on an offer.
Previously Shannon indicated that the possibility of earning playing time early in his career could be a huge factor in Duke's favor.
"That's a big selling point for those schools. Obviously it's appealing to think I could be a three or four year starter, and a school like Duke has a real need at my position," Shannon told TDD in May. "At those other schools it would be a situation where you'd really have to put the time in before you could get on the field. Either way, my goal is to work hard and improve as much as I can to fight for a spot."
"If I went to a school that didn't have a lot of success in the past, it doesn't matter. I'm going to work as hard as I can to win a national title. It may not be realistic at some schools, but that doesn't mean you don't give it your all to accomplish that goal. I've found that if all 11 guys on the team give it their all and put in the effort they should, the scoreboard usually takes care of itself."
During his prep career the 6'6, 300lb Shannon lined up at left tackle, but also showed the ability to play center, while also handling long snapping duties.
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