Shannon eyes All-American invite

Long snapper commit John Shannon started the offseason routine with his high school team this week. Up next are a couple return trips to Notre Dame, then a chance to compete for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next month.

John Shannon is eager for his summer schedule, even if its payoff won’t come until almost winter.

Earlier this week Shannon, a long snapper committed to Notre Dame from Wilmette, Ill., started summer practices with his Loyola Academy squad. Loyola went 8-3 last season with a loss in the second round of the state playoffs. Shannon’s goal is a deeper run come senior season.

“Every year I’ve been at Loyola we’ve come really close to winning whether it was the state championship game or the semifinals or whatever,” Shannon said. “We don’t have a ton of Division I guys every year. This is the first year, I think we have three and we’re hoping for more. We’re just working on the fundamentals and all the little things that can make a big difference when you’re playing this playoff games.”

Loyola’s defense features Shannon, who also plays linebacker, and defensive tackle Ben Leroy, a Northern Illinois commitment.

Shannon has been playing linebacker throughout his prep career and looks forward to a final season there before transitioning to long snapper full time. Notre Dame offered him a scholarship at that specialist spot in the spring. Shannon immediately accepted.

“Football is my favorite sport and I’ve played linebacker my whole life,” Shannon said. “It’s something I’ve really enjoyed doing. Especially senior year, I just wanna contribute to my team and have it be as successful as possible.”

Long snapping will also keep the 6-foot-3, 230-pound prospect busy this summer.

Shannon will return to Notre Dame on Monday for its specialist camp and again in June for the Irish Invasion. Next month he will travel to Ohio for FBU Top Gun, which brings with it an opportunity to compete for a spot in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.

Turning in a strong performance at Top Gun could let Shannon cap his high school career in San Antonio as part of that game.

“It’d be awesome,” Shannon said. “It’d be a huge honor to play in a game so many NFL players have played in and get to cap it off as an All-American, especially an Army All-American. It would just be a huge honor.”

Making a return to Notre Dame twice over the next few weeks will give Shannon a chance to mingle with coaches, fellow commitments and some targets for the first time since his Junior Day visit back in March.

Since committing Shannon has kept in touch with pledges Tommy Kraemer, Julian Love and Tony Jones. All three are expected back on campus for Irish Invasion camp as well.

“It’s something I’m really looking forward to,” Shannon said. “Just getting to know the guys I’m spending the next five years of my life with.”


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