Two-Sport Athlete Brandon Hannah Becomes Newest Missouri Tiger

Ryan FallerAnalyst IMarch 12, 2010

BOULDER, CO - OCTOBER 31:  Head coach Gary Pinkel of the Missouri Tigers leads his team against the Colorado Buffaloes at Folsom Field on October 31, 2009 in Boulder, Colorado. Missouri defeated Colorado 36-17.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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At this rate, the Missouri Tigers' 2011 recruiting class will be at maximum capacity before summer arrives.

Brandon Hannah, a wide receiver from in St. Louis, has given MU a verbal pledge to become the sixth known commitment of the 2011 class, Power Mizzou reported on Thursday evening.

Though he received interest from numerous programs, including heavyweights USC and Florida, Hannah has known all along he would ultimately stay true to his hometown team.

"I had it set in my mind from the beginning that was the college I was going to go to," Hannah revealed to Power Mizzou. "I knew I was going to go to Mizzou, I had it locked in and I went ahead and did it."

And it seems Missouri has been locked into Hannah for some time. The Tigers extended an offer to the two-sport star from Chaminade High School last spring, and not even a troubling string of injuries could sway MU's interest.

Doubling as a vital member of Chaminade's basketball team, Hannah missed his entire sophomore season on the football field because of a cartilage defect in right knee, only to return in time to tear multiple ligaments in his left knee while participating in a football camp last summer.

Now back to 100 percent health, the 6'3", 237 lb. Hannah is pondering the many ways he can help the Tigers. He told Power Mizzou he could possibly play receiver, tight end, linebacker, or safety once he slims down to a target weight of 220 pounds.

On this date last year, the Tigers had all but one known commitment for the 2010 class, and that was St. Louis running back Marquis Hill, who eventually decommitted for Minnesota. That class was nonetheless wrapped up well before February's National Signing Day, as the Tigers went on a recruiting blitz in December to secure its quota of 23 members before the holidays commenced.

As for the 2011 class, the Tigers, regarded to be one of the nation's youngest teams, are expected to take fewer than 20 commitments because of the lack of available scholarships.