Versatile offensive weapon who became Clemson's first Massachusetts signee since Christian Wilkins ... made collegiate debut vs. Charleston Southern ... contributed on special teams vs. Florida Atlantic.
Versatile offensive weapon who became Clemson’s first Massachusetts signee since Christian Wilkins
2023: Made collegiate debut vs. Charleston Southern … initially intended to redshirt but became a key special teams contributor by late September.
Before Clemson: Versatile athlete who contributed in myriad ways at Massachusetts’ Buckingham Browne & Nichols School … started prep career at cornerback as a freshman but played receiver and linebacker/safety most of his career … also returned punts … limited by injury to only three games (and just one full game) as a senior … posted 64 tackles, five pass breakups, two interceptions and a sack as a junior in 2021 … contributed 30 receptions for 369 yards and four scores … played football and lacrosse … played for Mike Willey … rated as a four-star recruit in the 247 Composite … ranked 81st in Sports Illustrated’s SI99 for 2023 … listed as the No. 195 overall player in the nation by 247Sports, which also listed him as the No. 4 player in Massachusetts and the nation’s No. 13 athlete … Rivals ranked Hanafin as the No. 5 player in Massachusetts and 10th-best athlete in the class … ESPN.com ranked Hanafin as the No. 6 player in Massachusetts … ranked as PrepStar’s sixth-best player in Massachusetts.
Personal: Brother of Shane Hanafin, who will be a redshirt freshman quarterback at Boston College in 2023 … his father, Dan, was Boston University’s starting quarterback in 1997, the last year the school played football … Dan led Boston University to victory over UMass in 1997, the last victory in BU football history … became Clemson’s first signee from Massachusetts since eventual unanimous All-American Christian Wilkins in 2015 … born Feb. 4, 2004 … committed to Clemson on August 14, 2022 … chose Clemson over Notre Dame, for whom he was recruited by former Clemson receiver Chansi Stuckey … enrolled at Clemson in summer 2023 … pre-business major … name pronounced “ROE-ninn HANN-uh-finn.”
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