Hannah Headed to UNC?

Jonathan Hannah is leaving Columbia and could be headed to Chapel Hill, according to his father. The former all-state tight end at Hope Mills (N.C.) South View, who was ranked among the best in the nation, has decided to transfer from South Carolina after one season.

"Nothing is official yet, but I can tell you North Carolina is high on his list," Hannah's father, Joe, told Inside Carolina on Tuesday.

"He's going to finish the spring semester at South Carolina first. There is a process they're going through right now. Some official transfer papers have to be signed and that hasn't been completed yet."

Hannah had planned to visit Chapel Hill this past weekend, but was unable to make the trip.

"Jonathan has many friends there and he was going to visit," the elder Hannah said, "but ended up not going because the friend he was going to stay with there had to go home."

While the transfer has yet to be finalized, Hannah's father did hint at the expected result.

"Those that would like to see him [at UNC] will be pleased with the results at the end," he said.

Hannah, a 6-3, 251-pound freshman, played in USC's first three games this past season, recording one catch for 24 yards at Georgia. A sprained right ankle suffered against Troy in the fourth game of the season on Sept. 24 sidelined him for the rest of the season and he was expected to apply for a medical redshirt.

At South View High School, he earned first-team All-State honors as as a junior and senior and was named a SuperPrep All-American -- and was ranked the No. 5 tight end in the nation by Scout.com. His senior year, he had 36 receptions and four touchdowns at tight end and recorded 106 tackles, 12 sacks, four fumble recoveries and 19 quarterback hurries from his defensive end spot.

"It wasn't anything about playing time," Hannah told The State about his reason for transferring from USC. "The playing-time situation would have been good. More so, it was comfortability. ... I just don't think Columbia fits the kind of personality I have. I'm not a big-city person."


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