About a month ago Zach Hannon announced he was transferring from the University of Nebraska. The former all-state lineman from Rockhurst was looking to get closer to home.
Once the word got out he would be leaving the Cornhuskers his phone started to ring from college coaches.
“When I announced on Twitter and Facebook that I was transferring a couple major schools hit me up,” Hannon said. “It felt good that people were interested in me. When I was talking to Coach Riley about transferring he told me offensive linemen are like gold. 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.”
On Thursday Hannon informed Kansas head coach David Beaty his intentions to be a Jayhawk. Looking back that wasn’t something Hannon would have predicted.
“It is crazy because I would have never, never thought I would say that because both of my parents are Missouri alums and my grandmother is a Mizzou alum,” Hannon said. “So in my family we grew up on other side of things. But I am extremely excited about my decision and they are too.”
Hannon visited Kansas for the spring game along with his family including his fiance Jennifer Blake and daughter Harper. He got to the know the Kansas staff during the process while looking for his next home.
“The staff was extremely welcoming from the first time that I met them,” Hannon said of the KU staff. “They’re the type of people that you can get along great with and they are like family. I felt comfortable with them from the get-go and that’s the type of atmosphere that they have created.”
The last four years Hannon has been competing for a spot on the Nebraska offensive line and he knows it will be the same at Kansas.
“I know firsthand that nothing is given to you,” he said. “Just because I have committed to KU doesn’t mean anything. I know I will have to go in and work. I know that the opportunity is there to play for some great coaches and with some great players.