Asante Hannah is one of the best players from the Tampa, FL area in the Class of 2028.
The 4-foot-7, 70-pound Hannah who attends Skycrest Elementary, is an electrifying ATH that plays as a quarterback, wide receiver, defensive end and cornerback for the Countryside Cougars organization.
Hannah has an impressive list of recognition and accomplishments, such as: two-time team MVP, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year.
Hannah is humbled for the opportunity to showcase his skills.
“To me it means I've worked hard and hard work always get results,” Hannah said. “I don’t take any of this for granted because there’s a lot of other great players. So I know that I’ve had to earn everything I’ve gotten.”
No matter the opponent, on each snap Hannah is determined to give it his all.
Hannah is going all out.
The motor is always at full throttle whenever Hannah steps between the lines.
“My dad has trained me at the position of QB since I was four,” Hannah said. “He has taught me to lead by example so my mind is on make sure my teammates are always in place and know their job.”
Hannah has great passion and energy whenever he’s on the gridiron. Hannah tells why he enjoys the game of football so much.
“I love throwing touchdown passes. Seeing the crowd react to my scores makes me feel great,” Hannah said. “I have led my league in passing yards, completions and touchdown passes in each of the last three seasons.”
Hannah has learned many valuable lessons from playing football that he applies to his everyday life.
The main one is applying perspective to all situations.
“Football has taught me to believe in myself,” Hannah said. “I was afraid that I couldn't play QB and now I'm one of the best.”
Hannah recalls his favorite football memory.
“My favorite memory is the game I completed six passes in one game including a touchdown,” Hannah said. “It was my first touchdown pass in pads.”
Alexander Hannah has been coaching his son for his whole life with the Countryside Cougars organization
Mr. Hannah explains the best parts of Hannah’s game.
“At QB I think he is one of the most polished players his age. He can run over 60 plays just by me calling them but his best position has yet to be seen because no team except ours throws the ball and that's cornerback,” Mr. Hannah said. “He has great technique and footwork at both positions.”
Hannah takes his role as one of the leaders on the team very seriously. Hannah makes sure he’s a daily positive influence on his peers.
“I try to keep all my teammates upbeat and let them know I always got their back,” Hannah said. “I tell them to never give up. It's hard sometimes but we’ve got to believe until the whistle blows”
Mr. Hannah adds that Hannah is a consummate teammate that every locker room needs.
“He is in on almost every play on defense. When he's on, his teammates feed off of him,” Mr. Hannah said. “His effort is contagious and makes his other teammates want to follow his lead.”
Hannah is appreciative of having amazing male role models that are supportive.
“My coach is also my dad and he has taught me to never try and show the next player just because I may be a little better. He taught me to always show respect and sportsmanship and that helps in life and sports,” Hannah said. “Play hard every minute I'm on the field and never disrespect this game.”
Mr. Hannah recalls an example of Hannah’s capabilities.
“Two years ago in the biggest game of the year for us we played the mighty St. Pete Devils and he ran for four touchdowns and threw a controversial game winning touchdown pass,” Mr. Hannah said. “It was beautiful.”
In addition to making clutch plays, Hannah also has a high level of football IQ as well.
Hannah has excellent football awareness that puts him in position to thrive.
“He sometimes changes the play at the line,” Hannah said. “Now it drives me crazy but he explains and I can only shake my head because he sounds just like me.”
Hannah is on the grind to perfect and hone his craft.
“He trains all the time,” Mr. Hannah said. “He plays football,baseball and basketball, so it is a non-stop ball playing season for him.”
Mr. Hannah explains why he compares Hannah to this Super Bowl champion quarterback.
“He’s like Aaron Rodgers,” Mr. Hannah said. “Because of his ability to throw, run and extend plays.”
Meanwhile, Hannah patterns his style of play after two of the greatest of all-time at quarterback.
“I look up to Tom Brady and Peyton Manning because of the way they command their offenses,” Hannah said.
Hannah is constantly striving for greatness in everything that he does.
“I want to get better and learn every day in all that I do on and off the field,” Hannah said. “I want to make my dad and all of my family proud of me.”
Before the pros, Hannah dreams of one day becoming a multi-sport star in the ACC or SEC.
“My dream colleges are Duke or Kentucky because I play point guard and I want to play in the NBA,” Hannah said.
Hannah lists math as his favorite subject in school.
Mr. Hannah outlines the next areas of improvement for Hannah.
“We’re working with him on trusting his arm strength,” Mr. Hannah said. “He tries to overthrow which makes him sail it sometimes. Once he starts trusting he'll be better.”
Mr. Hannah believes the sky is the limit as long as Hannah continues to stay hungry.
“I think his potential is endless,” Mr. Hannah said. “He's seven and plays D1 AAU on both a 10u and 11u team. Every day I watch him improve and I don't have any reason to believe he won't continue to do so.”
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