Columbia — Rockhurst senior offensive lineman Zach Hannon committed to Nebraska on Wednesday.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
Hannon, a 6-foot-5, 290 tackle who projects as a guard in college, chose the Huskers over a number of schools, including Missouri, Kansas, Kansas State and Arkansas.
"It definitely came down to the wire but I feel pretty comfortable with the decision,” said Hannon, a three-star prospect according to Rivals,. “To be honest, I’d say Arkansas and Mizzou both came in second. That’s how close it was.”
Hannon comes from a Missouri family — his mother, father and grandmother went there — but said he was encouraged by MU’s coaching staff to make a decision earlier in the spring, while he wanted to wait until the summer.
He had nothing but positive things to say about the staff, and was adamant that he seriously considered picking the Tigers in the end, even though the Tigers had already secured commitments from four other 2013 offensive line prospects.
“Coach (Andy) Hill, coach (Josh) Henson, coach (Bruce) Walker, they made a push,” Hannon said. “I’ll always be a true son, even though I chose not to go (to Missouri).”
Hannon becomes the second Rockhurst player in consecutive years to pick the Huskers, with Class of 2012 linebacker Michael Rose the first. Hannon also had nice things to say about Kansas, saying that coach Charlie Weis and assistant Tim Grunhard are two of his favorite coaches, though he later added the Jayhawks finished behind Missouri and Arkansas for his services.
The good news for Missouri is that it is not hurting for offensive linemen in this class. The Tigers already have commitments from four three-star linemen or above in Alec Abeln of St. Louis, Jake Campos of West Des Moines, Ia., Harnett Gill of St. Charles, Mo., and Clay Rhodes of Stilwell, Kan.
The Tigers also have a commitment from Class of 2014 tackle Andy Bauer of DeSmet, a 6-foot-5, 290-pounder who has emerged as a national prospect with offers from Alabama, LSU and others.
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