Tampa (Fla.) Gaither defensive end Chad Hannah didn't see much action as a junior. But after an offseason of hard work, the 6-foot-5, 215-pound defensive end has racked up 34 tackles, five sacks, and forced two fumbles for Gaither in 2010. Colleges have begun to take notice and last week he received his first scholarship offer.
"Rutgers offered me on Thursday," Hannah said. "They called my football coach and after that he gave me the phone and I spoke with Coach (Greg) Schiano. He gave me the offer."
Hannah said that it was nice to see all of his hard work pay off with an opportunity to play college football.
"It felt great," Hannah said. "It was like a dream come true. The first day I stepped on that football field, that was the first thing on my mind, trying to get a Division I scholarship. After all the hard work, I finally got one."
The Scarlet Knights are not the only school interested, as Hannah is hearing from a number of other colleges.
"Clemson, North Carolina State, East Carolina, Duke, Baylor, Washington State, Nebraska, Eastern Kentucky - I think that is about it," Hannah said. "N.C. State and Clemson, I think those two would be the next ones to offer."
At this time, Hannah intends to visit three schools for official visits in the coming weeks.
"I am going up to visit N.C. State on November 13th (when they host Wake Forest) for an official visit," Hannah said. "For Rutgers and Clemson, we haven't scheduled an official date to go meet with them yet."
Academically, Hannah earned a 900 on the SAT and a 19 on the ACT, so he does not expect any issues with qualifying. Academics are part of what he is looking for in the school he ultimately chooses.
"Academics, that is always a big thing, I want to go somewhere that I think I can get the best education," Hannah said. "When I go up there to go visit, I want to find a school that feels like the best fit for me. On top of all of that, athletically, I'd just like to find a place where I think I can have the biggest impact and help that school go the furthest when it comes to getting a championship."