Tight end Jonathan Hannah has made numerous visits to NC State over the last several years. However, most of those were during the Chuck Amato regime so this past weekend gave Hannah the opportunity to meet the new Wolfpack staff en force. As it turns out, it wasn't Hannah first trip to meet head coach Tom O'Brien.
"Actually, this wasn't my first trip over to meet coach O'Brien," said Hannah. "I had gone to a basketball game about a month or so ago so I had a chance to meet him then.
"But the visit was fine. It allowed me to get to know the coaches better. Coach O'Brien's personality is different than coach Amato's. He doesn't tell as many jokes or isn't as open but he's a good coach and I like him."
Rated a three-star tight end by Scout.com, Hannah was also able to spend some time with his future position coach, Jim Bridge.
"Coach Bridge, he's a real cool guy," said Hannah. "Actually, he reminds me a lot of my old tight end coach at South Carolina."
While Hannah maintains his commitment to the Wolfpack, that hasn't prevented a familiar name from showing interest.
"I've heard from coach Amato," said Hannah. "I'm firm to NC State but I'll listen to what coach Amato has to say."
Hannah, at 6-4, 265 pounds, was a SuperPrep All-American exiting high school and originally signed with South Carolina. However, he decided to transfer after his freshman season and enrolled in 2006 at Louisburg (NC) Junior College. He will have three football years of eligibility left and can play for NC State in 2007.
Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 5 tight end in the country coming out of Hope Mills (NC) South View, Hannah inked with South Carolina 5 over offers from NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, and Florida State among others.
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