RECRUITING: Carolina TE/DE says OU is at the top

Hope Mills, N.C. tight end/defensive end prospect Jonathan Hannah talks about his game and unofficial visit to Norman earlier this summer.


Jonathan Hannah is without question one of the best athletes in the country. Not only do college football recruiters like him both on the offensive side of ball at tight end, but some like him on defense as a defensive end. On top of that, he was named second team All-State in basketball in basketball mad North Carolina, which has drawn the attention of college basketball recruiters as well.

"I consider myself to be pretty good at both football and basketball," said Hannah. "I would like to play both and see how that goes. This year I will be going both ways at tight end and defensive end, and college coaches have talked to me about playing both positions. Right now I really don't care which side of the ball I play on."

Last season Hannah showed he was tremendous blocking from the right tackle position, grading out at 80 percent or higher in every game. Hannah also finished with over 30 pancake blocks.

Hannah can bench 300 pounds, squats 475 and he has posted a 28-inch vertical jump. Hannah starts in hoops and averages 15 ppg and 8 rpg, and he is currently starts at forward on one of the top AAU teams in North Carolina (Team Richmond). Hannah has been to summer camps at Clemson and N.C. State and he has taken unofficial visits at Georgia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Clemson, Penn State, Virginia and Oklahoma.

Right now I like Oklahoma, Virginia Tech, Georgia, North Carolina, Penn State and North Carolina State," said Hannah. "Oklahoma has a great tradition and my family and I enjoyed the staff more than any other place that we have been. We enjoyed the town. It was a great place to visit. I really haven't made a list of my top five or anything, but I think if I did that OU would be at the top of my list."

Oklahoma is recruiting Hannah as a tight end/defensive end while North Carolina, North Carolina State, Georgia, Penn State, while Clemson is recruiting him as a defensive end.

"All the schools have also said that I can play basketball, or at least all the schools that I have talked to about it," said Hannah. "I have talked to Virginia Tech about it. I met Coach (Kelvin) Sampson while I was at OU and he told me that he would be happy to let me come out for the team. Coach Sampson is a great person and really down to earth. He seems like a great coach as well as a great person."

Hannah, who is qualified, has been offered by over 20 schools including OU.

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