About J.C. Hassenauer
East Ridge center
Height, weight: 6-3, 300
College choice: Alabama
Tide influence: Before being offered a scholarship by two-time defending BCS champion Alabama in June, Hassenauer was considered a middle of the road Division-I center prospect, earning three of five stars in most recruiting rankings. Since giving his verbal commitment, Hassenauer’s stock has risen so much that he is now ranked by Rivals.com as the top center prospect in the country.
On playing in the national spotlight at Alabama: “I’m ready for that,” Hassenauer said. “I know it’s going to be a big challenge, but that’s what I want, to be challenged every day.”