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Thursday, April 5, 2012
Lineman Zach Hannon visiting Oklahoma

By Bob Przybylo

Offensive lineman Zach Hannon (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst) was beginning to think he simply wasn’t meant to see Oklahoma. Several times in the past, Hannon had invitations or plans to see what the OU campus is all about but things fell through every time.

So this week something like a little mis-communication wasn’t going to be enough to keep him from making the trip to Norman, Okla., especially since he can't make OU’s spring game on April 14 because he is taking the ACT.

Hannon, 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, spoke with OU offensive line coach James Patton last week about visiting OU this weekend. Hannon initially thought it was to watch an OU scrimmage, but the Sooners are not practicing this weekend.

With Kansas City Rockhurst out of school on Friday, however, Hannon has elected to visit OU to take a tour of the campus.

“Coach Patton wants to see me first before he makes an offer. I understand that and that makes perfect sense,” Hannon said. “We first started talking a month ago, and I’m excited to see where things go from here.”

Hannon said he is pretty sure he is being recruited at guard by OU. The Sooners have not shown much interest in guards so far for the 2013 class.

That fact became clear with guard Rob Boyd (Vian, Okla./Vian). Regarded as the top lineman in Oklahoma, Boyd had OU as one of his top two. But after not getting an offer at junior day, he realized it wasn’t meant to be with the Sooners and committed to Tulsa last weekend.

Hannon knows guard hasn't been a big priority, but that hasn't discouraged him from the visit. He said although guard is his primary position, he would play any position on the offensive line.

“It doesn’t really matter to me,” Hannon said. “I just want to play somewhere and help the team and get on the field.”

Hannon has been active visiting schools when it fits his schedule. He has seen Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska in the last couple of months.

He said his biggest strength as a player is his footwork, but it’s not something he necessarily got from playing football.

“I played soccer until I was in seventh grade, and I’ve been playing lacrosse since I was in third grade,” Hannon said. “It has really helped with my footwork. I’ve seen people as tall as me in lacrosse, but nobody as big as me. It’s a great workout.”

Hannon said he has no favorites right now. He has offers from Missouri, Nebraska and Arkansas, among others. He hopes to make his decision some time in the summer.

Wherever he goes, he said distance won’t be a concern.

“No, I don’t care. It just depends on what has the right fit,” Hannon said. “My parents said wherever I decide to go, they will watch me play.”

Hannon said he knows all about OU’s great football tradition and that is one reason why he was so eager to set up the visit to see the campus for the first time.