LS John Shannon
Measurables: 6-2, 225
School: Wilmette (Ill.) Loyola Academy
Rivals ranking: Two stars.
247Sports ranking: Two stars, No. 1 LS.
Notable numbers: Shannon's 15-yard snaps take an average of .69 seconds to reach the punter.
First scholarship offer: West Virginia.
Best advice I received through the recruiting process: Don't let anyone else influence your decision. It's your education not theirs.
One word to describe Brian Kelly: Inspirational.
The one thing I won’t miss about the recruiting process: Answering calls, texts and emails from schools.
Moment I knew I wanted to be Irish: My first ND game in second grade.
My secret off-the-field talent: I can dunk a basketball easily on a 10-foot rim.
Song on my iPod I’m embarrassed to tell people about: “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.
Sports idol: Jackie Robinson.
Preferred social media: Instagram.
Favorite football accomplishment: Army All-American
Dream job (other than the NFL): Financial advisor.
Special teams coordinator Scott Booker on Shannon: "What we saw from John was being able to duplicate the mechanics of being a great long snapper over and over again under stressful situations. We try to put those guys at our camp in stressful situations, both snappers and kickers and punters, so we know they can perform at the highest level. John did a great job going into his junior year and then again going into his senior year. He also comes from a legacy of people that have gone to the University of Notre Dame, so he also knows the rigors of the academics, and just very excited to get the No. 1 long snapper in the nation."
Booker on Shannon's ability to cover punts: "He actually played defense. He played linebacker in high school, so obviously that’s a good trait to have. He has the mechanics and understands how to tackle and everything like that. Just with his body type and athleticism, we plan on him being able to cover the field. He can learn a lot from Scott Daly in the next nine months that he’s hear with Scott, and then he’ll take over the job his redshirt freshman year."
Audio: Booker discusses Shannon.