NC State waged a heated recruiting battle for all-american tight end Jonathan Hannah last year but fell just short when the 6-3, 250 pounder from South View High School in Hope Mills, North Carolina opted for South Carolina after originally making a verbal pledge to Virginia Tech. After a year in Columbia, Hannah decided to take his talents elsewhere and it didn't take long for him to settle on a new home. Pack Pride caught up with him for his thoughts on transferring to NC State.
"My decision to leave South Carolina was difficult," said Hannah. "But, I knew I would be comfortable in that setting. I like the way they use the tight end, I felt comfortable there and I knew they wanted me. I figured if they had the time to show interest in me then that meant something."
Despite the decision to leave the Gamecock program, it wasn't an easy choice by any stretch.
"South Carolina is a great program," he said. "But you could say the two main reasons I left were the way they choose to use the tight end and I wanted to enjoy college. I wanted to enjoy my college life away from football because there's more to it than just sports."
Hannah also considered UNC, but the Heels, due to a lack of scholarships or just a lack of interest never made a serious play for his services.
"I didn't hear from UNC," said Hannah. "I tried calling them but no one returned my call."
For now, Hannah will finish out the current semester at USC and will transfer to NC State for the summer session. He will be forced to sit out a year due to NCAA regulations but will have three years of playing eligibility left with the Wolfpack. Hannah told Pack Pride that it would have been a lot easier to have signed with the Wolfpack the first time around- a fact he's thought about many times.
"I've beat myself over the head about that just about every day," he said.