Thursday, April 27, 2017
A graduate transfer from Nebraska looking to play closer to his hometown of Kansas City, Mo., offensive lineman Zach Hannon plans to do so at the University of Kansas.
Listed most recently on the Cornhuskers’ roster as a 6-foot-5, 315-pound lineman, the former Rockhurst High standout announced Thursday afternoon via Twitter he will enroll at KU, where he will be eligible for the 2017 season.
“I have officially decided to finish my collegiate career as a Jayhawk,” Hannon wrote. “God is good. Can’t wait to get to Lawrence.”
Back on April 1, Hannon tweeted out his intentions to graduate from Nebraska in May, with plans to play his final season of college football elsewhere. In the note, Hannon also revealed his father, Timothy, had been diagnosed with Stage 2 prostate cancer.
“Anyone that knows me knows that I am a family man,” Hannon wrote in his message.
The disclosure of his transfer plans, Hannon told Jon Kirby of Jayhawk Slant, brought on some interest from “a couple major schools,” before the one-time Huskers lineman visited KU for its spring game and eventually committed to head coach David Beaty’s program.
“It felt good that people were interested in me. When I was talking to Coach (Mike) Riley about transferring he told me offensive linemen are like gold,” Hannon shared with Jayhawk Slant. “I took visits to a couple different places. It was just one of those things where I did my due diligence but Kansas felt like home.”
Rated a three-star prospect out of high school by Rivals, Hannon also had offers from Kansas, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas State, Missouri and others.
Upon becoming a Cornhusker in 2013, Hannon redshirted. In 2014, he played in all 13 games on the punt team. Hannon didn’t play in a game during his redshirt sophomore year, then only appeared in two in 2016, his final season with Nebraska.
A three-time member of the university’s Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll, Hannon has majored in marketing and management.
He projected as a 2017 guard for Nebraska before deciding to transfer. At KU, he’ll become a pupil of offensive line coach Zach Yenser, who always is looking for more depth and competition.