In-state Star Boasting All-American Credentials

Jonathan Hannah is one of the state's most versatile and sought-after prospects for the class of 2005. He has huge connections to NC State and has become a major target for the Pack. Read on for the latest on where the talented player is currently leaning.

Junior to Watch: Jonathan Hannah

Nickname: J Han

Jersey Number: 88

School: South View High School in Hope Mills, NC

Position: TE/DE

Size and speed: Hannah has the rare combination of size, speed and athleticism that college scouts dream about when they evaluate high school juniors. He checks in at 6-6, 250 pounds and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.8-seconds. He has a 31-inch vertical leap and currently bench presses 275 pounds. He has a max squat of 425 pounds.

Statistics: As a junior, Hannah graded out at 80% and averaged four pancake blocks per game while lined up on offense. From his DL spot he registered three sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Awards and Honors:All-Region and All-State

Preseason Accolades: Named one of the top 100 prospects in the nation by recruiting analyst Tom Lemming.

Parents: Both parents, Renee and Joe attended NC State.

What school does your parents prefer: NC State

Childhood Favorite: Florida State

Jonathan Hannah describing himself: "My playing style is somewhat more unique than others. I think I bring a certain passion and intelligence to the game of football. Along with a lot of physical play."

What Hannah will be looking for in a future school: "Academics, enjoyable environment and a good basketball and football program."

Schools recruiting: NC State, Virginia Tech, Duke, Penn State, Nebraska, Georgia, Stanford, UNC, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Ohio State, LSU and Maryland among others

Scholarship Offers: Virginia Tech, NC State, UNC, Virginia, Penn State, Duke, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Georgia

School you'd most like to get an offer from: Florida State

Camps this summer: NC State, Ohio State and Nike Camp in Charlottesville, Va.

Current top five (in order listed):

1. Virgina Tech

2. NC State

3. Ohio State

4. Penn State

5. Duke

Current Favorites: "Either NC State or Virginia Tech"

Recruiting the hardest: UNC or NC State

Pack coach recruiting: OL coach Mike Barry

Hannah on NC State: "(State has) a great atmosphere, great facilities, and great academics as well as their sports programs. I've been incredibly impressed with everything they're doing and trying to accomplish."

Academics: Hannah has a 2.5 GPA and has taken the SAT but his score in unreported. He hopes to major in Sports Medicine.

StateFans Take- The Wolfpack is known for being stingy with early scholarship offers but it has been clear for quite some time that Hannah will be a priority for NC State during the upcoming recruiting year. Hannah mentioned location and the Pack coaches as the two factors that he liked most about NC State.

Hannah has the size, speed and athleticism that Coach Amato loves in his big bodies and the versatile athlete could line up at a number of positions in college from TE to OL to DE or DT.

Hannah's interest in NC State is genuine and the connections between his parents and the Pack will certainly play a role but this battle certainly won't be a "gimme" for the Wolfpack. The wildcard in his recruiting could be Hannah's love of basketball. He's looking to play football and basketball in college and whichever school does the best job of selling both will probably have a leg up in the recruiting race.

Link to video of Jonathan Hannah in action



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