Few players have experienced the recruiting ups and downs like tight end Jonathan Hannah. The 6-4, 265 pound prospect originally committed to Virginia Tech before making a signing day switch to South Carolina. After one season he decided to transfer to NC State but didn't have the required courses to immediately enroll in Raleigh.
Hannah has spent the past several months at Louisburg Junior College only to be set back by an ankle injury that held him out of play. To top it off, he then learned that the coach he planned to play for in college had been fired. Finally, there appears to be light at the end of the tunnel for the three-star player and Hannah recently told Pack Pride he's impressed with the hiring of Tom O'Brien and the veteran coach's winning resume.
"I don't know a whole lot about him," said Hannah. "But I know he has a great record and is the winningest coach ever at Boston College. I think he's going to bring exactly what State needs and wants to do. I've been doing some research and talking to coaches, and I know the tight end is a big part of the offense.
"I talked to coach Cignetti briefly last Wednesday, and he told me he thought coach O'Brien was going to be the guy and he was a good coach."
Hannah added that he's looking forward to meeting the new leader of the Pack.
"When I hear from the guys at State it would be great to be able to set up a time to go over and meet with him."
Hannah plans to enroll at State for the first session of summer school.
Rated a four-star prospect and the No. 5 tight end in the country coming out of Hope Mills (NC) South View, Hannah inked with South Carolina in 2005 over offers from NC State, North Carolina, Virginia Tech, Georgia, and Florida State among others.
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