Jackson Hannah

Jackson Hannah, No. 34, gives Nebraska a downhill, attacking force at linebacker.

Nebraska received a commitment Wednesday from Nashville Montgomery Bell Academy linebacker Jackson Hannah. Three takes on Hannah’s decision:

1. Big, rangy thumper for Nebraska’s defense. Hannah has played both outside and inside linebacker for MBA, and at 6-foot-3, 220 pounds he could in theory be a fit for both. But Nebraska wants him inside as a downhill, attacking force. Hannah’s Hudl film shows he's best inside the box, going downhill with bad intentions toward blockers and ball carriers. Hannah looks a lot like the inside linebackers Nebraska used to have in its defense and he doesn’t have to pack on a lot of weight to be the right size.

2. Barrett Ruud can recruit. He hasn’t been a full-time assistant until this season, but Ruud’s quick work in the 2018 cycle — swooping in and taking Will Honas from Iowa and Wisconsin — combined with swiping Hannah from SEC country is impressive. Hannah was more than willing to leave his home state — one doesn’t entertain California offers otherwise. Ruud appeared to find the guy he wanted, put a circle on him and delivered when Hannah came to visit. Ruud, a decorated Husker and long-term NFL veteran, is someone Nebraska will have to pay well over time to keep in the fold.

3. One more inside ‘backer to go. And that’s Omaha Burke’s Nick Henrich. Since Nebraska lost two inside ‘backers to transfer — Willie Hampton and Andrew Ward both announced their departures earlier this summer — the position still has a slot open for the 2019 class. And by 2020, when both Honas and Mohamed Barry have graduated, Hannah and perhaps Henrich, if he picks Nebraska, will be pressed quickly into action. Nebraska has to recruit a lot of high school defensive players in this cycle so they’re ready in 2020, when most of the experienced defenders who signed in 2015 have matriculated out of the system. By 2021, Nebraska’s defense will be almost entirely new. Those players will be signed in this class. ​

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