Jackson Hannah commit: What does it mean for Nebraska?
Nebraska's momentum on the recruiting front continued Wednesday as the Huskers added the commitment of Jackson Hannah.
The 6-foot-3, 234-pound linebacker announced his decision via Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. He had 18 offers to his name and picked the Big Red over Alabama, Arkansas, Cal, Duke, Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, Oregon, and Wisconsin among others. Hannah becomes the eigth known commit for Nebraska's 2019 recruiting class.
Here are some quick takes on what Hannah's commitment means for Nebraska.
1. The inside linebacker position in Nebraska's recruiting class grew in importance over the last few weeks as the Huskers saw a couple current players announce their decision to leave the program. After this coming season, NU will only have four inside linebackers on its roster so adding a few high-caliber pieces in the 2019 class is critical and Hannah certainly fits the bill.
2. You have to tip your hat to the job inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud did in recruiting Hannah. Tennessee has not traditionally been a state where the Huskers have had a lot of success in the past, especially with prospects that held offers from most of the SEC's best programs. However, the relationship Ruud built with Hannah and his family stood out and after NU was able to get him on campus for a visit they were able to seal the deal.
3. You hear about "fit" all of the time and just how important it is to get players that not only fit your scheme on the field, but also the culture of you team. Hannah is a smart, physical, and tough football player that appears to be the perfect fit at inside linebacker for defensive coordinator Erik Chinander's 3-4 defense.
4. Hannah has terrific size and athleticism as an inside linebacker prospect. He has shown the speed and ability to play in space as an outside linebacker in high school which should help with his move to the inside. He has the frame and mindset to be a thumper in the middle of NU's defense.
5. Hannah is an active defender that shows a nice burst on film. He can get downhill in a hurry and play well in the box. He's also a solid blitzer and has no problem facing opponents larger than he is.
6. I really like Hannah's motor and technical style of play as a linebacker. He's a sideline-to-sideline type of guy that can cover a lot of ground. He also does an outstanding job of using his hands and getting off of blocks to make tackles. When he hits a ball carrier they are usually stopped dead in their tracks.
7. Hannah is a smart kid with a high football IQ. From all accounts he is a hard worker and a leader on and off of the football field. He's also a tough player and competitor that comes from a winning high school football program.
8. 2019 Nebraska commit breakdown
6/6/2018 - Jackson Hannah - LB - 6-foot-3, 234 - Nashville, TN - 4 Stars
6/4/2018 - Luke McCaffrey - QB - 6-foot-2, 180 - Highlands Ranch, CO - 3 Stars
6/1/2018 - Desmond Bland - OT - 6-foot-4, 300 - Yuma, AZ (Flossmoor, Ill.) - 4 Stars
5/5/2018 - Rahmir Johnson - RB - 5-foot-10, 170 - Oradell, NJ - 4 Stars
4/9/2018 - Thomas Grayson - RB - 5-foot-11, 190 - Tulsa, OK - 2 Stars
3/5/2018 - Ethan Piper - DE - 6-foot-4, 280 - Norfolk, Neb. - 3 Stars
11/24/2017 - Garrett Snodgrass - ATH - 6-foot-3, 220 - York, Neb. - 3 Stars
6/24/2017 - Garrett Nelson - OLB - 6-foot-3, 236 - Scottsbluff, Neb. - 3 Stars
9. Commits by position
1 - Quarterback
2 - Running back
0 - Wide receiver
0 - Tight end
1 - Offensive linemen
0 - Defensive tackle
1 - Defensive end
1 - Outside linebacker
1 - Inside linebacker
0 - Safety
0 - Cornerback
1 - Athlete
0 - Special teams
10. Where are they from?
3 - Nebraska
1 - Colorado
1 - Illinois
1 - New Jersey
1 - Oklahoma
1 - Tennesee