Hannah Updates His Status

NC State fans might be wondering about the status of Jonathan Hannah after it was reported that he has not been on campus participating in fall practice.

NC State fans might be wondering about the status of Jonathan Hannah after it was reported that he has not been on campus participating in fall practice. A transfer from South Carolina, he was all set to head to NC State before a change of plans.

Hannah has chosen a path transfers are starting to take more frequently in college football. Like Mike Greco and former Wolfpack target Brent Schaeffer, Hannah will spend a year at junior college during his "transfer year" so that he can play competitive football.

"I'm going to Louisburg Junior College," said Hannah. "It is a chance for me to see what I do in practice carry over to games. When I thought of this, I talked about it with the State coaches, and they were fine with it.

"They recommended me to Louisburg, and I trust the staff's opinion so that's where I'm going to go. It's actually really convenient for me. It is the only junior college in North Carolina, and it is close to State so I can head over there whenever I want. I do think it's a good fit because I will be able to play in games this year, and it's only about ten minutes or so from State."

Louisburg faces high-major JV teams and highly-regarded prep schools such as Fork Union and Hargrave, and Hannah is ready for the challenge.

"I'm excited about it," he said. "I like the coaches, and they seem real fair and straightforward. We report on August 18th, and I'm ready to get started."

A four-star prospect out of Hope Mills (NC) South View, Hannah inked with South Carolina in 2005 over offers from NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, and Florida State among others. After an injury sidelined him during his freshman season, Hannah chose to leave South Carolina and attend NC State.

"I was just more comfortable at State," he said. "Coach Amato, he's like a father figure. I feel like I can talk with him about anything, and I'm really comfortable there.

"Plus, they use the tight ends more than a lot of teams. Someone told me some stat like in one game last year State's tight ends caught more balls than the tight ends at South Carolina did all year. The tight end is a big part of State's offense, and that was one of the biggest reasons I decided to go there."

Because he is at a junior college, Hannah is once again a recruitable athlete.

"Yes I'm recruitable again, but I'm fully committed to State," he said. "I'm not really worried about it because I don't think anyone will be coming hard after me anyways, but I'm 100% committed to State."

Hannah, who received a medical redshirt for the 2005 season, will play this year as a redshirt freshman at Louisburg and stated that he will matriculate to NC State for the first summer session in 2007. He will then have three years to play three seasons.

Recruited to NC State by tight ends coach Curt Cignetti, Hannah stated that he and Cignetti have a strong relationship.

"Our relationship has really taken off since I chose to go to State," he said. "I talk with him a lot... actually about three or four times a week we will talk about how everything is going.

"He is the tight ends coach at State, and we've talked about the position. I heard about them losing [Octavious] Darby... coach Cignetti was saying they wish I could play this year because they are kind of thin there now."

Because Louisburg is close to NC State, Hannah stated that he will be a frequent visitor at Wolfpack home games this fall.

"I'm going to try and go to as many of the games as I can," he said. "I'm looking to get a weekend job so I can have a little money in my pocket, but I know I'm going to the first game and some others."

Hannah is NC State's 11th commitment in the 2007 class.

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