There were only two known prospects at the Ragsdale Shrine Bowl combine on Saturday sporting early NC State scholarship offers. RB Toney Baker of Ragsdale and TE/DE Jonathan Hannah of South View High School in Hope Mills, NC have had Wolfpack offers on the table for awhile and both showed why they're not only considered two of the best player's in NC but why they've also received attention on a national scale.
Recruiting analyst Tom Lemming recently named both as being two of the top 100 prospects in the nation regardless of position.
Hannah, in particular, is of extreme importance to NC State fans because he is somewhat of a legacy recruit for the Pack. His dad, Joe, played for NC State when Chuck Amato was a Wolfpack assistant.
Familiarity and that bridge to the past has helped establish NC State as a front-runner along with Virginia Tech with the younger Hannah in the early stages of recruiting.
"I'm just very familiar with the campus and Coach Amato, he's one of the best people I've ever met before," Hannah told StateFans. "He's great and I like him a lot. I see nothing but potential in NC State. These guys that Coach Amato and the staff keep bringing in, I mean, they're bringing in some big-time recruits. With those guys they're bringing in this class, they should be real special."
Hannah tested well at this past weekend's combine, checking in at 6-4, 254 pounds and running a 4.76-second 40-yard dash. That combination of size and speed has schools looking at Hannah for a number of positions, but for now, the rising senior simply wants the position that'll get him on the field the quickest.
"Either side of the ball is alright with me," said Hannah. "Whichever spot can get me the most playing time as a freshman, that's the spot I'm willing to play. I think I'm better on defense because I have a little nasty streak to me but I think I'm a pretty good TE too."
While walking around the combine, one couldn't help but notice the apparent tight bond between Hannah and his father. Both stayed close together throughout the event and the younger Hannah was quick to find his dad to give him the results after each event. Hannah told StateFans that he plans on taking both of his parent's advice to heart but he knows in the end, they'll support him no matter which school he settles on.
"I actually listen to both my parents on what their wishes are," said Hannah. "As far as schools, my dad wants me to go where ever I feel most comfortable. Yeah, he'd like me to go to State but if I don't he'll be fine and he'd still be okay with it."