Kirk Herbstreit has been among the many college football analysts to applaud Nebraska’s hiring of Scott Frost.
But who saw him complimenting a typical commitment the Huskers secured last week?
Turns out, Herbstreit’s sons are on the same team as linebacker Jackson Hannah, who pledged to the Huskers last Wednesday, at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn. Herbstreit might be biased, but it doesn’t change the fact that Hannah was a solid pickup for Frost’s program.
Congratulations bud. Good for you!! You picked a great school and an outstanding coach. Timing couldn’t be better. Wish you all the best and look forward to watching you play in Lincoln. In the meantime let’s go get that State Title for team 120!! https://t.co/5Kx3C43355
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) June 7, 2018
Montgomery Bell coach Marty Euverard, who has coached Hannah since the seventh grade, has been to Nebraska on three occasions for various coaching clinics.
“I’m happy for him,” Euverard said. “I’ve always been a big fan of Nebraska, the Tom Osborne days for sure. It’s a storied program. … I think it’s a great decision for him.”
Hannah told his coach that the new coaching staff at Nebraska especially appealed to him. Euverard said Jackson mentioned several times how excited he was about working with his future coaches, noting the vision Frost laid out to him and how he bonded with inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud throughout his recruitment and visit.
But Euverard said Hannah simply fits the attitude and style of the university.
“I think he’s a country boy at heart, kind of,” Euverard said. “He likes Lincoln. He likes that kind of culture and that mentality to play at a school like Nebraska. When I think of Nebraska, I think of the belly option and the Blackshirts, tough defense. I think that appealed to him. I’m sure Coach Frost and the new staff really appeal to him as well.”
Euverard has played Hannah at outside linebacker and even at rush end. But for the season, Euverard said, Montgomery Bell plans on moving him to inside linebacker. Ruud, who coaches the inside linebackers, served as his primary recruiter. Hannah is ranked and listed as an outside linebacker but will continue at an inside spot when he arrives in Lincoln.
“He’s played several different positions,” the coach said. “We’re just trying to make the best fit for our team. We think he has the ability to do that inside. So, hopefully, it’s going to be a great move for us.”
Hannah adds athleticism to the linebacking corps, Euverard said. But the 6-foot-3, 220-pound recruit also brings plenty more to the table.
“First of all, [he has] size and his speed,” Euverard said. “There’s not many people that got the size and the speed. He’s really flexible. He can bend. He’s got great, great hand-eye coordination. He’s very quick, gets off the ball.”
The No. 23 outside linebacker in the country in the Class of 2019, per the 247Sports composite, Hannah has a gift of shedding blockers and finding the ball carrier.
“He’s so quick with his hands,” Euverard said. “He’s got that fast-twitch muscle you don’t coach. He’s always been able to get off blocks well and run to the football, just an explosive kind of kid. You don’t see kids that big that can move like he can.”
Euverard described Hannah as a “great character kid.”
“Kids love him, just a solid, solid person,” he said. “Always very respectful and cares about people.”
Euverard noted that Hannah’s father played college football at East Carolina. The coach said he hopes Hannah can evolve into a leader for his senior season at Montgomery Bell.
“We graduated a really good leadership class and we’re expecting Jackson to now take over that role of being the leader,” Euverard said.