Jackson Hannah

Husker freshman Jackson Hannah may have chances to play right away at inside linebacker.

Meet the players who plan to don Husker red in the coming years:

High school

My school: Montgomery Bell Academy (all-boys college prep school in Nashville, Tennessee).

Positions: Linebacker and running back.

This week: Montgomery Bell Academy has a 2-0 record going into Friday’s game against McCallie School (Chattanooga, Tennessee).

Rankings: A four-star prospect according to Rivals.com, Hannah is the No. 17-ranked inside linebacker in the nation in the 2019 class.

Career highlight play: "In a playoff game last year, the semifinals, I spun off a block and got the quarterback and stripped the ball and we got the ball and we scored and we won the game."

Other sports: Track and lacrosse.

The college life

Projected position at NU: Inside linebacker.

First contact with the Huskers: "The first contact was about six months ago, they came at me late. Of course coming from (Central Florida) they apologized that they were so late, but they just begged me to take a look, and I did and fell in love with the school."

My final schools: LSU, Arkansas, Virginia and California.

Date committed: June 6.

On his recruiter, inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud: "He’s a young guy. He just got out of the league (NFL). I just can learn so much from him and I’m just excited for what I can learn."

If I wrote my recruiting profile

Height: 6-foot-3.

Weight: 225 pounds.

Mel Kiper would say: “As big as he is, he’s pretty quick. His football IQ is pretty high, and he’s a playmaker.”

Quick hits

On his quote when he committed to Nebraska saying that he’d visited about 100 college campuses before making his decision: “It was a little bit of an exaggeration, (but I’ve been making visits since my freshman year when I got my first offer). I’ve been to all of the SEC schools, pretty much all of the Big Ten schools, a lot of the Pac-12 schools. I’ve just kind of been all over the country. I’ve been to the top programs, visited the top schools, the top coaches, the top players and none of them did it like Nebraska did. It was kind of unbelievable to me that coach (Scott) Frost took 100 percent of his staff from UCF to Nebraska. That meant a lot in how he coaches and what kind of man he is and his competitive nature. And of course the campus at Nebraska is second to none. Big stadium, big-time football, good school, all of the above really for me. It was kind of a perfect storm.”

On high school football in Nashville: “It’s very competitive. A lot of Division I kids come out of Nashville. Tennessee is one of the top states to pump out recruits. Pretty much every team we play has three or four Division-I kids on it. It’s stacked. Every week it’s like playing a Division-I team, really. We’re in the best division in our state, so we get the best teams with the best kids. It’s a grind.”

Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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