Recruiting: Texas lineman makes the switch

Waxahachie, Texas offensive lineman Jason Hannan update and profile.


Jason Hannan is one of those players that just grows on you the more you watch him play. A three-year starter, Hannan is a dominating offensive lineman that is so good at the point of attack that he is actually a force up front. A very intelligent player, Hannan can play all three offensive line positions.

"I am being recruited to play center, but I actually play guard in high school. I think my intelligence and quickness gives college coaches the idea that I can be a center in college. I want to play whatever position that I can play the earliest."

You want to talk about domination? A year ago, Hannan finished last season with 108 pancakes, and thus far this season he has 62 pancakes from his offensive guard position. He can bench 345 pounds, squat 495 and he has posted a 25-inch vertical jump. In track, he throws the shot with a best throw of 49 feet. Most of all you can just tell that Hannan loves playing in the offensive line.

"I guess it I just the fact that you get to hit people on every play. It is great knowing the angles and the seams so well that I can just cream somebody. I love laying out a defensive end or linebacker who thinks he is going to catch my running back, but I have done what I am supposed to do and I get a great shot on him. That is a lot of fun."

Heading into this past weekend Hannan was committed to Oklahoma State, but he took an unofficial visit to OU to watch the Iowa State game and he has had a total change of heart.

"I just committed to Oklahoma. I talked to coach Patten and I just told him that I was committing to Oklahoma. I was just talking to him and it just felt like the thing to do. I was there this past Saturday and it was such a great game experience that I just didn't see any reason to wait. I am going to take my official visit sometime after our season."

Hannan was on an unofficial visit for the Iowa State game, but even though he saw enough of the Sooners realize that Oklahoma was the school for him.

"The gameday experience was just a part of it, but it is amazing that 85,000 people are at each and every game. Coach (Bob) Stoops was telling me that ever since he has been the coach at OU every game has been sold out, and that is just incredible. OU has great facilities and I think their indoor facility is second to none. Their weight room and locker room facilities are special as well. OU has so much tradition and to get a chance to be a part of one of the top football programs in the country is something that I just can't pass up.

"I like coach Patton a lot as well. I have been talking to him the most. I watched him coach the offensive linemen in pregame and I just like how he goes about his business. OU has been a very good offensive line school recently and cach Patton has done a great job at OU and Northwestern. Plus, OU is just three hours from my home. I committed to Oklahoma State real early in the recruiting process. I think Coach (Mike) Gundy and his staff are doing a great job, but we have always liked Oklahoma and once they offered they were just too good to pass up.

Hannan has qualified.

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