Noah Shannon deserves understanding if he’s experiencing mixed emotions. The recruiting process can elicit many feelings, which makes it difficult. It’s young men making lifetime decisions while being pulled in different directions.
Minnesota convinced Shannon to commit to it last month. After a few weeks of reflection, the Oswego (IL) High defensive tackle backed off of his pledge. He told us last week that he’d like to take his time moving forward.
Last Friday, Shannon visited Iowa, long one of his favorite options. Again, he felt a pull towards the Hawkeyes. Tuesday, he Tweeted “Decision Soon.”
HN caught up with Shannon briefly on Thursday seeking clarification on whether or not the social media post indicated he’d be committing again soon.
“I would like to but if I’m not 100 percent comfortable then I will wait until when I feel I am 100 percent ready,” he said.
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The Hawkeyes were the first school to offer Shannon, stepping forward after he visited in November. He returned for a junior day in March before checking out the school again last week.
“It was good,” Shannon said of his recent stop. “I got to see a lot and talk with coach (Reese) Morgan, (Phil) Parker and (Kirk) Ferentz one on one.”
In addition to Iowa and Minnesota, Arkansas, Duke, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Michigan State, Missouri, Virginia and Washington State are among a large group of schools that have offered Shannon (6-0.5, 305).
Rivals (40), Scout (48) and 247 (51) rank Shannon among the best defensive tackles in the country.
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Here’s a look at Shannon’s junior highlights: