Hannon talks rise in recruiting

Offensive lineman Zach Hannon (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst) currently has seven offers, and his level of interest continues to improve. Just shy of 6-foot-5 and 300 pounds, Hannon is one of those linemen who can be effective anywhere on the line.

Hannon had plans to attend Oklahoma’s junior day on Saturday, but his trip to Norman, Okla., will have to be delayed. Hannon plays lacrosse for his school, and the Hawklets are practicing Saturday in preparation for a trip to Chapel Hill, N.C., for competition.

While Hannon maintains focus on lacrosse, he’s keeping tabs on football recruiting - particularly when more and more schools are contacting him. His first offer, from Arkansas, came late January. Most recently, he picked up an offer from Kansas State Wednesday night.

“Everything’s really starting to take off,” Hannon said. “After I got my first offer, a lot more schools started to show interest. It’s been crazy.”

Hannon has additional offers from Kansas, Missouri, Iowa State, Illinois and Nebraska. He also has interest from Alabama, Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Purdue. He’s made trips to Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri and Kansas for junior days and unofficial visits. Hannon said he will visit Nebraska March 15-17 to hang with teammate and Nebraska signee Michael Rose. Hannon added that he is planning on visiting Oklahoma during their spring practice schedule.

Hannon’s versatility and athleticism run neck and neck for top honors as his best asset on the field. He is a strong lineman off the line of scrimmage who also possesses good footwork. Hannon plays tackle in high school but is being recruited as both a tackle and guard by colleges.

Hannon said he will take his time with the recruiting process, but he has a good idea of what he’s looking for in a winning program.

“First things first in my college search is academics,” Hannon said. “As far as the program, I want to go to a place where the coach is a good guy and everybody wants to win a championship. I want to be at a place where I can play the best competition and put myself in the best opportunity possible.”