There's obvious pressure to perform on any level of football. 2017 Greer High center Noah Hannon seems to enjoy the pressure that comes with his responsiblities. You see Hannon played primarily as an offensive tackle last season although most colleges are looking at him as a center now. What brings the added pressure for the 6'2 265 pound mauler is the fact that he plays for head coach Will Young who also was a lineman at Clemson. Despite the eye of his head coach on him Hannon has performed well and he's already picked up plenty of early attention from colleges including an early first offer. We sat down with Hannon recently to talk about his junior season, recruitment, and plans moving forward.
"This season I graded out at an average of 94% on one of the hardest grading scales out there by my coach Will Young."
Along with the high grading averages Hannon showed a ton of ferocity and physicality with "95 pancakes, and 88 of them in the regular season."
There's a long list of schools already in play for the talented AAA All-State selection for the Yellow Jackets.
"I'm hearing from Georgia Southern, Towson, Virginia, South Carolina, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Bucknell, Northwestern, Furman, Wofford, Navy, Army, Temple, Mercer, Jacksonville State, Charlotte, Presbyterian, and North Greenville."
Hannon informed us that he has visits scheduled with a majority of those schools already and also has picked up his first scholarship offer from nearby North Greenville.
We asked Hannon about his style of play and what areas he'd like to tighten up to become an even more complete prospect.
"I'd say my speed, quickness, nastiness, smarts, great feet, and strength are my biggest strengths right now. Of course refinining the things I just mentioned is part of it but I'm working on my strength, conditioning, and footwork. There's also a big focus on leading my team. I played at tackle most of this season but I'm mostly being recruiting for center which I played at as a freshman."
So how did it feel for Hannon when he found out he'd landed his first offer from North Greenville?
"It was a great feeling! One of hte best I've ever felt! But it has not left me complacent, it has probably lit a bigger fire in me to show everyone else what NGU has seen in me! But North Greenville has been so good to me this whole process and definitely have great coaches and a great family atmosphere! I'm so grateful for the opportunity they have given me!"
WIth so many other schools taking a look currently does the 2017 prospect feel like there are some other schools that may be next to offer him?
"A couple of the schools especially the Ivy Leagues just need me to get a few more points on my SAT so they can give me more money! But I have gotten a lot of love from Wofford, Bucknell, Brown, Navy, and Columbia. Too soon to tell with the others because a lot of them just came into the picture in the past two weeks. I made an 1170 on my first SAT two-part."
What will Hannon be looking at and considering closely when choosing a college destination?
"Education is big for me! Location, atmosphere, and I want to be able to go there and make a difference right away. Also the coaching staff too."
Hannon reports a 4.66 GPA in the classroom which is exactly why such high academic powers are showing so much interest early on. He expects that GPA to rise after taking AP classes this year. His efforts on the field earned him the following awards: AAA All-State, All-County, All-Region, All-Area, All-Upstate, All-Academic, and Iron Jacket (weight room award). The rising senior also was named to the All-State rookie team two seasons ago as a sophomore.
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INSIDE THE NUMBERS...NOAH HANNON
- Bench press: 285 pounds
- Squat: 550 pounds
- Power clean: 315 pounds
- Fastest 40: 5.0 seconds
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