The recruiting race for three-star offensive lineman Zach Hannon (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst) is now a two-horse affair.
Hannon on Tuesday said Nebraska and Arkansas are the frontrunners in his recruiting process. While Kansas and Missouri also are being considered, the 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman -- who has lined up at both guard and tackle for Rockhurst -- said he plans to verbally commit to either the Razorbacks or the Cornhuskers no later than the beginning of the season.
“Both said they want me at strong guard,” Hannon said of the two programs. “I’ll play wherever they want me. I’m thinking I’ll make a decision in the next two or three weeks. I’m still looking for that one thing that sticks out between the two.”
Arkansas was Hannon’s first offer, and he’s built a solid relationship with offensive line coach Chris Klenakis and his recruiting contact, offensive coordinator Paul Petrino. Offensive line coaches Barney Cotton and John Garrison have been primary contacts at Nebraska, and the program has left a lasting impression on him.
“Arkansas was the school you could say found me out the blue,” Hannon said. “They were my first offer, and they’ve been with them the longest. The whole family atmosphere and, of course, playing in the SEC, it’s an all-in-one package deal.
“I’ve been to Nebraska three times, and I know all the recruits committed there. The first time I went down there was right after spring ball, and everybody was on vacation. I was talking to Coach Cotton, and it was just us. Then, Coach G [Garrison] came in to see me. That left a big impact on me.”
Hannon is ranked No. 9 among all players in Missouri for the 2013 class. Hannon is the No. 47 offensive tackle nationally.