Almost lost in all the hoopla over 2008 commitments is a young man who just might make us forget Brandon Warren in 2007. Jonathan Hannah inked his Letter of Intent after signing day, surprising every one — especially N.C. State coaches who were counting on his commitment (thanks, Chuck).
A 4-star TE who played at South Carolina in '05 as a freshman (pictured above), Hannah spent last year at Louisburg College, a two-year school near Raleigh. To get an accurate picture of what Hannah adds to the Noles, we talked to Rick Mohlmann, Louisburg's head football coach.
ChantRant: Coach, looking at your team's '06 stats, we don't see Jonathan making many catches.
Mohlmann: "He got hurt a couple of times during the season. His shoulder, then his ankle."
ChantRant: So what's your take on Jonathan?
Mohlmann: "He's a Division 1 player. I think he can do anything he sets his mind to doing. What he can accomplish is really up to him. As a young man I'm really glad to have made contact with him."
ChantRant: Talk about his skill as a receiver.
Mohlmann: "He has very soft hands for a man that big. It was hard to judge his (game) speed as he didn't have much chance to play because of injuries".
ChantRant: Is he recovered from those injuries?
Mohlmann: "He was when he left here. He was running and working out before he left. He was doing everything in the weight room that he needed to do."
ChantRant: We know he played OL his junior year in high school. Did he say anything about FSU wanting him to switch to that position?
ChantRant: Why do you think he left South Carolina after just one season?
Mohlmann: "I don't know what happened at South Carolina. I know he fit in very well here. He did everything we asked him to do, and as hard as he could go. He's very mature. He did a good job of explaining to some of our guys who are hoping to get to the D-1 level what they needed to do. So he provided leadership to those guys. Plus, to me he's a quality guy and I had a very good relationship with him."
Hmmm. Soft hands. 6'- 4" and 260. Knows how to block because he's played OL. Leadership skills. Nothing against Charlie Graham, but if Hannah doesn't sound like a prototypical tight end, nobody does.