Rockhurst Lineman Keeping Tabs On 'Cats

MANHATTAN, Kan.- Richard Stover talked with the offensive guard from Rockhurst who holds a K-State offer.

Kansas State secured a February commitment from Jordan Willis in February and hoping to land a teammate. The Wildcats are one of three Big 12 schools to offer Zach Hannon, a 6-foot-5, 295-pound offensive guard from Rockhurst High School in Kansas City, Mo.
"The offers went Kansas, Kansas State, then Iowa State, and Oklahoma is on the brink," said Zach Hannon in regard to to his Big 12 offers.
"I received a message on Facebook [from Kansas State] saying that I had an offer and to please call when I saw the message. I did and spoke to Coach Dickey, Coach Snyder and Coach Miller. They liked my straight foot work, my aggressiveness, and athleticism. He said he liked how I finished my blocks. At Rockhurst, they teach us to play to the whistle.

"Jordan's been in my ear about Kansas State. This summer I'm planning on going to Kansas State and Iowa State to get a feel for both of them."

Hannon also holds offers from Arkansas, Duke, Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, and Northwestern, his most recent offer.

"Northwestern offered without seeing me in person," Hannon said. "They were the only school that did that out of mine nine offers. Coach Springer said they only offer six or seven offensive linemen per year, so I feel blessed to have received that one.

"So far I've been on visits to Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas, Nebraska, Duke, Oklahoma and Kansas for the KU and Mizzou basketball game. I'm going to wait on a decision to make some more trips and probably commit in late July.

"I want to go to a school with a solid academic reputation like Rockhurst. I want to go to a team on the rise up with a winning tradition. Hopefully I can find all of that in one university."

After winning state as a sophomore at Rockhurst in 2010, the Hawklets were ousted in the Missouri Class 6 quarterfinals last year. Hannon wants to add a second ring to his finger before he leaves for college.

"We have seven Division 1 players on the team in my opinion," he said. "We'll be young in some areas and play the toughest schedule probably in the school's history, but I believe we have the talent to get back to state.

"I'm going to switch from right tackle to left tackle next year. I think that will help get me well-versed for college having spent time on both sides of the line."

One obstacle schools interested in Hannon may have to overcome is both of his parents are Missouri alumni. His father served as the football team's equipment manager during his time in Columbia.

Hannon spent the spring playing lacrosse and lifting weights. He reports a current GPA of 3.1 at Rockhurst, a Roman Catholic, Jesuit, preparatory school for boys.


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