Hannon Taking Off

Zach Hannon is turning heads with his athleticism as an offensive linemen. Get the latest on his recruitment, including his offers and interest in this update.

At almost 300 pounds, Zach Hannon casts a large shadow on the gridiron. With that said, imagine what he looks like running around a lacrosse field.

The Class of 2013 prospect plays attacker, meaning he's up front scoring goals. The position requires agility not normally seen in people his size. Hannon thinks the sport helps him turn the heads of football scouts.

"I think they like my athleticism," Hannon said. "I think they like what they see with my footwork."

The Rockhurst High (Kansas City, MO) product stands a shade under 6-foot-5. He also points to soccer as a reason he's nimble on the football field.

Hannon reports offers from Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Iowa State, Illinois and Nebraska. He's also hearing from Iowa, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Purdue, Indiana and Florida.

"It's going well," Hannon said of recruiting. "My first offer was Arkansas. After that, the interest I was getting from schools turned into offers. It's just starting to take off right now. I'm loving the recruiting process."

Hannon said the college coaches project him as a guard at the next level. He plays right tackle for Rockhurst.

Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and Missouri have hosted Hannon on unofficial visits. He's planned a trip to Oklahoma on Saturday and said he would be heading out to spring games and practices.

Hannon's first visit was to Iowa City.

"I liked it a lot," Hannon said. "I was real impressed with Coach (Kirk) Ferentz. All the coaches impressed me just the way they were fired up about what they do.

"Iowa is known for their offensive linemen. The coaches went over with me what they do and it was real interesting. I was real impressed with the campus and the facilities."

The Hawkeyes have yet to offer a scholarship, but that opportunity might be coming soon.

"I've talked to Coach Eric Johnson a little bit," Hannon said. "We've been in touch on Facebook and stuff. I'm hoping for an offer from Iowa.

"He said he was going to show the new O-line coach (Brian Ferentz) my film. (on Monday). He said everyone has watched it except for him and they all loved it. We'll see."

Hannon, who is looking to study journalism or civil engineering in college, feels like he knows what he wants in a school.

"It's academics first. I'm not always going to have football," he said. "Where the program is going and what I can contribute to it also is important. I don't want to be just someone on the depth chart. I want to be in a position where the coaches know me by name and want me to be there. I want to win conference championships and national championships.

"Usually I can feel right when I step on campus if I feel good about a place. Something just clicks. I pretty much know right off the bat if it's a good fit for me or not."

While Hannon is enjoying the recruiting process, it's not something he sees lasting a long time.

"I was thinking about late spring or during the summer," he said of a verbal commitment. "I definitely want to get it out of the way before senior year so I can just focus on what I can do to hep the team win a state championship."

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