Offensive guard Zach Hannon (Kansas City, Mo./Rockhurst) knew the Oklahoma recruiting situation going into his unofficial visit to the Sooners' campus, but he didn’t care.
Hannon, 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, said he was determined to see the OU campus in the spring and his mission was accomplished Friday.
But like the other interior linemen before him, Hannon left the campus with a lot of interest but no offer from the Sooners.
“I didn’t get an offer but that’s fine. I wasn’t really expecting one at this point,” Hannon said. “[The coaches] said they want to look at me during the spring evaluation period.
“They said to not get discouraged because if they weren’t interested, they wouldn’t have invited me for the visit.”
Hannon is not hurting on the offer front with Missouri, Arkansas and Nebraska among some of the schools that already have offered. And before Hannon could step onto the OU campus, he was offered by Northwestern on Thursday.
The Oklahoma coaching staff has made it clear that offensive tackle is a big priority for the class of 2013. Guards and centers haven't intrigued the Sooners that much and not at all in most cases. It speaks to the talent of Hannon that he is even being considered.
“I’m right at that in-between height for a guard and tackle so I understand,” Hannon said. “Like I said before, I’ll play anywhere on the line.”
That doesn’t mean the trip wasn’t worthwhile for Hannon as it was his first trip to the campus. With OU not having any practices this weekend, it gave Hannon a chance to bond with OU offensive line coach James Patton.
“We had a lot of quality one-on-one time, which was great. I think it’s really important to get to know your college position coach,” Hannon said. “He’s a genuine guy. What you see is what you get, and he won’t tell you what you want to hear.”
Hannon said he has a better feel about OU following the visit. He was very impressed with the athletic facilities and said he would definitely consider the Sooners should an offer come around.
But until then, Hannon has other options. After driving back to Kansas City, Hannon will hit the road again and is headed to see a Nebraska spring practice Monday.