Target 2005: Jonathan Hannah

This season, Jonathan Hannah of Hope Mills (N.C.) South View High School will venture back into familiar waters. The 6-4 260-pounder will once again star at tight end for his South View Tigers. Hannah took a leave of absence last year to fill a void at offensive tackle, after starting both his freshman and sophomore seasons at tight end.

"Last year he played tackle for us," stated South View assistant coach Vernon Aldridge. "He played tight end his ninth and tenth grade years. Last year, due to the lack of lineman, he pretty graciously moved to tackle for us. He is going to move back to tight end for us this year. He did play some defensive end for us this year, but not in every game."

College coaches, including the Tar Heels, are looking at Hannah at tight end, but a few would like to see him suit up at defensive end.

Hannah has received offers from North Carolina, NC State, Virginia, Duke, Vanderbilt, and Penn State, but claims no leaders or favorites despite previous reports. He does, however, welcome the Tar Heels with open arms.

"At this point I haven't narrowed things down at all," remarked Hannah. "I'm kind of excited that Carolina is recruiting me, because I have always been a UNC fan ever since I can remember."

Hannah is no stranger to Chapel Hill, and recently visited the UNC campus for the Tar Heels' Junior Day. He has also been to both N.C. State's and Duke's Junior Days.

The coaching staff that earns Hannah's commitment will get a tight end that has plenty of experience blocking as well as catching. Plus a player that is more mobile then his large frame might suggest.

"Jonathan is a real good athlete for his size," Aldridge said. "He has good speed and good hands. He's about 6-4, about 260 pounds, so he is a good sized kid. I'm kind of surprised by the athleticism he has for a kid his size. He plays basketball, too, and I think that helps him with his footwork and his hands."

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