Before Nebraska (Montgomery Bell Academy)
Nebraska signed one of the top linebackers in the Southeast in Nashville native Jackson Hannah. Hannah starred for Montgomery Bell Academy and was the Huskers’ first scholarship recruit from the Tennessee high school ranks since Barry Turner in 2005.
Hannah, who helped Montgomery Bell Academy to three trips to the Division II-AAA state championship game, totaled 157 tackles in his prep career with 32.5 tackles for loss, 13 sacks, six fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. He had 66 tackles, 16 TFLs and 6.0 sacks as a senior, when he was named to the Tennessee Football Coaches Association all-state team. Hannah also saw action in the backfield, rushing 29 times for 123 yards. Hannah had 52 tackles, nine tackles for loss, three sacks, one forced fumble and a pair of fumble recoveries as a junior. He totaled 37 tackles, 7.5 TFLs, four sacks, one forced fumble and three fumble recoveries as a sophomore. Hannah also saw varsity action as a freshman, recording a pair of tackles.
Rivals rated Hannah as a four-star recruit and the No. 18 inside linebacker in the nation. He only visited Nebraska but held offers from numerous other Power Five programs, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oregon and Wisconsin, among many others.