High expectations were placed on tight end Jonathan Hannah in 2005 when he entered the South Carolina football program.
Unfortunately, the highly-touted tight end from South View High School in Hope Mills, NC suffered an injury early in his freshman season and was forced out of action. Earlier this year he announced he would transfer from Columbia.
"I decided that I needed to make a change, and with NC State I was able to come home," said Hannah. "I was born in Raleigh, my grandparents are in Raleigh and most of the rest of my family is here. I love everything the school has to offer.
"Coach Amato has been like a second father to me. There was nothing bad between us when I decided to go to South Carolina, and he's always been someone I can rely on. I just feel like I'm coming home."
Hannah is already in Raleigh working for the summer. In the coming days he will return home to pack the rest of his things in order to move into the dorm July 3rd and start classes July 5th.
The 6-5, 255-pound former-Gamecock is expecting to start out at the same position he left.
"As far as I know the coaches want me to play tight end," he said. "I have a lot of experience there, and that's where I can probably make my biggest impact. If something changes, that's fine. I trust the coaches here to do what's best for the team."
Hannah believes he has become a wiser person over the past year, and is anxious to help the Pack in their 2006 campaign.
"I feel like I've grown a lot, but I want to continue to grow as a person and a football player this year. I've pretty much got the feel of everything now. I just need to learn the playbook. Instead of being on the outside looking in at State, now I'm on the inside looking out.
"We're going to have to compete every down this year. We've proven that we can play anyone in the ACC tough. We've beaten Florida State a lot. But now we have to start winning more consistently. It has to start with a mindset."
After announcing he would transfer from South Carolina, Hannah chose NC State over North Carolina.
He originally inked with the Gamecocks over offers from NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Florida State, and Penn State. Hannah was tabbed a four-star prospect and the No. 5 tight end in the country by Scout.com after a stellar senior season at Hope Mills (NC) South View High School.
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