2013 Signee Spotlight: Zach Hannon

The Rockhurst product is the second player from the high school to sign with Nebraska in the last two years.

OL.) Zach Hannon

6-foot-5, 295-pounds / Rockhurst high school (MO)


"Hannon has the tools to be both a run and pass blocker. He's got quick feet and really has ability to change directions."
- Greg Powers, FOX Sports National Recruiting Analyst


Senior Honors: Semper-Fi All-American, first-team Class 6A all-state honors

Senior Stats: 34 pancakes and did not allow a sack in 2012

The Lowdown: A teammate of 2012 commitment Michael Rose, Zach Hannon's commitment to Nebraska was never a for sure thing.

Hannon grew up liking Missouri. Both his parents were alums and being anything other than a Tiger just wasn't really thought of early on. But as more and more schools showed interest, the more and more Hannon opened up to the idea of playing elsewhere.

Eventually, after three total visits to Lincoln, the three-star offensive lineman pulled the trigger, committing to the Huskers before the start of his senior season.

"Mike was so excited," said Hannon in August. "He started screaming because he was so pumped that I decided to commit.

The 2013 prospect would take his official and sixth visit to Lincoln for the Huskers' matchup against Michigan in late October.

"Oh man, it was a great environment," said the Missouri product. "The whole atmosphere really reiterated to me why wanted to commit to Nebraska in the first place. They played a great game against Michigan. You never get used to walking out onto that field with a sell out crowd. The atmosphere is just crazy."

While Hannon projects to play inside, Nebraska offensive line coach John Garrison has told the senior he could see him playing anywhere up front.

"I was kind of surprised," Hannon said. "Coach Garrison said tackle. I was caught off-guard. I think that they really like me as a guard to center. I don't have a lot of experience at center, but my coaches have encouraged me to snap when I have gotten an opportunity."

In addition to being a skilled football player, Hannon is an accomplished lacrosse player for Rockhurst.

"I play attack or on the front line. I will actually be playing a couple of games in Nebraska and they will be at Memorial Stadium in Lincoln," said Hannon. "I think that one game is against Creighton Prep and another against a Lincoln high school."

Why Nebraska: "It was everything. Nebraska gave me the all in one. They offered me great academics, great coaches, a great football program and just the best opportunity for me. It was the best fit."

Who Else: Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Kansas State, Kansas, Northwestern, Iowa State and Illinois

Who Recruited Him: John Garrison

FOX Sports NEXT Rating: Three-star prospect (N. 54 guard in the country)

Munson's Projection: Hannon is a player that filled a large need in the class along the offensive line particularly because of his versatility to possibly to play all of the positions along the line or at least the interior spots. Nebraska isn't tremendously deep along the offensive line, but they are young to some degree. There is a need for Hannon to adjust to the physical side of the D-I game which requires a redshirt year that will also give the Nebraska coaches a chance to figure out where Hannon fits best along the line.


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