Linebacker Hannah commits to Huskers, extends recruiting run
The Huskers are hot.
Nebraska extended its recruiting run Wednesday, landing a verbal commitment from linebacker Jackson Hannah.
The Nashville native is listed at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds and is rated a three-star prospect by the 247Sports composite ranking system. Rivals considers Hannah a four-star prospect, the No. 236 player overall in the country and the No. 9 inside linebacker in the country for 2019.
After much consideration and countless prayers, I am incredibly happy to announce my commitment to the University of Nebraska #gbrpic.twitter.com/JJjFwHIdZR — jackson hannah (@jacksonhannah5) June 6, 2018
Hannah announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday.
Hannah is expected to play inside linebacker at Nebraska and he had just wrapped up an unofficial visit to the school in recent days.
Hannah played mostly outside linebacker and rushed the passer for Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, compiling 52 tackles (nine for loss) and three sacks in 11 games as a junior as his team finished state runners up in Division II-AAA.
Hannah chose Nebraska over offers from several SEC schools like Alabama, LSU, Tennessee, Florida and Arkansas and others like Cal.
NU’s recruitment of Hannah came together quickly, too. The Huskers first offered on May 17, and Hannah and his dad wasted no time setting up an official visit later in the month. Now, less than three weeks later, he’s on board.
The Huskers’ depth chart at inside linebacker has changed dramatically in recent weeks with the departures of redshirt freshmen Andrew Ward and Willie Hampton. Those moves leave one senior (Dedrick Young), two juniors (Mohamed Barry and Will Honas) and a sophomore (Avery Roberts) as the only four scholarship players in Barrett Ruud’s group.
That makes the position a critical target on the recruiting trail for NU in 2019 and makes Jackson an important pick-up. Also on the Huskers’ wish list, of course, is Omaha Burke four-star Nick Henrich, perhaps the top overall target remaining for Nebraska.
NU has now landed a player each of the past three days and has five verbal commitments since Friday, two late additions to the 2018 class and three for 2019.
They are: 2018 transfer defensive back Will Jackson III (Mesa C.C.) and two-year graduate transfer defensive lineman Vaha Vainuku (Utah) and 2019 verbal commitments in juco offensive lineman Desmond Bland (Arizona Western), quarterback Luke McCaffrey (Littleton, Colo.) and Hannah.
Nebraska’s 2019 class is now ranked No. 26 (seventh in the Big Ten) in the nation by Rivals and No. 29 (ninth) by 247Sports.
This story will be updated.