The Huskers' 2013 recruiting class just got a little bigger. Zach Hannon of Rockhurst High School, Kansas City, Missouri announced on twitter today that he has chosen to go to Nebraska over Arkansas and home school Missouri to become the Huskers' 13th commit for the 2013 class.
Hannon is a 3-star recruit on both Scout.com and Rivals. Nebraska coaches worked very hard to try and land Hannon, plus he is a former teammate of Husker freshman, Michael Rose, who also worked hard to try and get Hannon to come to Nebraska.
The Huskers were able to lure him from the home school of Missouri, where both his parents attended Missouri (subscription needed), as well as the Razorbacks of Arkansas who were also recruiting Hannon hard.
It is good to see that Nebraska can still go into Kansas City and get great recruits out of the area, even though the Huskers are no longer playing in the Big 12 where the Huskers played Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State. Hopefully the Huskers' ability to recruit in Kansas City will continue.
If you watch his video, Hannon gets out of his stance and up the field fast, and he has great arm length to keep defenders at bay. Hannon is a big pickup. He stands at 6'5" and already weighs 295 lbs, and his speed definitely helps. Nebraska needs great linemen to return to national dominance like it did in the 90s. Hannon could very well be one of those next great linemen.
Both Scout.com and Rivals have not yet updated there rankings to account for Hannon, but for the team rankings, Nebraska sits at 24th on Scout.com and 30th on Rivals. But if you account for Hannon, the Huskers will most likely move up to probably 22nd on Scout and 26th on Rivals.
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At those rankings, Nebraska sits at third on Scout.com in the Big Ten behind Michigan and Ohio State. On Rivals the Huskers are much lower. They are tied with Iowa at 30th behind Michigan, Ohio State, Illinois and Wisconsin. With Hannon, the Huskers will most likely move past Wisconsin on Rivals.
Hannon is now the second offensive lineman to commit to the Huskers, along with Indiana lineman Dan Samuelson. This brings the position totals to three linebackers, three safeties, two defensive linemen, one quarterback, two offensive lineman, one tight end, one receiver and one long snapper.
In terms of states, Hannon is the first Husker from Missouri. This brings the state totals up to four for Ohio, two for Indiana and Nebraska, and one for South Dakota, Wisconsin, Missouri, California and Maryland.
Hannon looks like a stud, and will hopefully become a key player in years to come for the Huskers. As the season approaches, and recruits start taking visits, hopefully more players will commit to Nebraska to join this already strong class. Go Big Red!