One Visit Left

Hope Mills (NC) South View tight end Jon Hannah's recruitment is winding down, but he has one visit left before announcing his decision next Monday.

"I'm announcing my decision on Monday at our high school library at 10 AM," Jonathan Hannah told Pack Pride. "I'm going to [NC] State this weekend for my last official visit.

"I'm excited about it. I've talked with [NC State quarterbacks] coach Cignetti, and he said Mario Williams is going to be my host. Coach Cignetti and [offensive line] coach Barry are coming to my basketball game on Friday night, and we're all leaving from the game and going to Raleigh after it."

Hannah, a four-star talent and the #4 tight end prospect in the country according to, has narrowed his list to NC State, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Florida State.

He has already taken official visits to North Carolina and South Carolina this month and both figure to be heavy players in his recruitment along with NC State and Virginia Tech.

With just one visit left, what is Hannah expecting from his trip to Raleigh?

"To be honest, I'm looking for my man to pull out some tricks," Hannah said, referring to NC State head coach Chuck Amato. "I know it'll be great."

It's obvious that Hannah and coach Amato, who coached Jon's father, Joe Hannah, while he played at NC State, have developed a close relationships. However, there were rumors earlier in his recruitment that the Wolfpack may have slipped some because of differences between the two.

"That is ridiculous," Hannah said. "Coach Amato has loved me since I was nothing. He's like a second father to me who just so happens to be a head coach at a school that I'm looking at.

"The thing that I love with him is that he's a better person than he is a coach, and he's a heck of a coach. His personality is remarkable, and I'll always love him and he'll always love me."

"Now, if I go to UNC I'm not so sure he'd still love me," Hannah joked.

Since Hannah has set a press conference with a visit remaining, some feel he may already have made a decision. NC State commitment Toney Baker acknowledged in December that he already knew where he was going, but would hold off until the U.S. Army All-American Bowl before annoucing his decision. Is that the case with Hannah?

"Absolutely not," he responded. "I plan on doing everything on Sunday... no matter how long it takes."

It appears that Hannah will return home on Sunday from his NC State visit and make a decision with his parents. Both will give their opinions, but the final decision will be up to him.

"I'm fortunate enough to have great parents, but a plus is to have a parent that went through the same thing you're going through," he said, referring to his father already having been recruited to play college football. "They are leaving everything up to me, but I will ask for their input."

Folks, stay tuned. Next Monday morning at 10 AM, one of the nation's top tight end prospects will make a verbal commitment.

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