“We were at spring practice and my area recruiter was looking at a running back and saw that I was 6’4 and over 200 pounds, and he said this is a big boy right here,” said the Marietta (Ga.) punter/kicker. “He then just watched me kick and he made a decision right there that he wanted to recruit me.”
Shannon told Scout.com on Friday, he has not been officially offered by UVa, but he is excited to find out if he can claim one on Saturday, when he visits the Wahoos.
“I know that they have done a great job recruiting," he said. "It is a good opportunity to get a good education.”
Education is a big deal for Shannon, and for this history buff, a trip to Charlottesville is very exciting.
“I really like learning about American History and knowing that it was founded by Thomas Jefferson was pretty cool. Whenever I told coach (Larry) Lewis that I really wanted to learn about that, he turned all the recruiting about UVa and all the history there-that really drew my attention.”
“My mom has been with me going on all these visits. We have been seeing what we like and what we don’t like about these places,” he explained. “The University of Virginia is by far the farthest school from where we live. My mom wants to still be part of my life, she wants to go the games every other game-which will be a little hard with the University of Virginia. But if it is the right place for me, nothing is going to stop me from going there.”
When it comes to finding the perfect school, Shannon has not set a timeline.
“Whenever I have enough of information and if I know want to spend the next four/five years of my life at this place, I’ll know.”