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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Watch List QB Hansen takes in Texas A&M

By Bob Przybylo

It might be going too far to say ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) is sheltered, but he doesn’t get a chance to see many schools.

A frequent visitor to Oklahoma and currently the Sooners only offer at the position, spring break allowed Hansen to venture outside the Sooner State as he visited Texas A&M on Tuesday.

Hansen was offered by the Aggies in January, and he said the school has been on his mind for a long time because they were one of his first offers.

Justice Hansen
ESPN Watch List QB Justice Hansen said he enjoyed watching the Aggies practice.
After the visit, nothing has changed.

“It was all I expected it to be,” Hansen said. “It didn’t really change anything because I have thought highly of them for a long time. It wasn’t a case where I went there and then didn’t feel comfortable or anything like that. It was nice.”

Hansen arrived in College Station, Texas, with his parents Monday night and spent most of Tuesday touring the campus and watching A&M’s practice.

Hansen said he really liked the atmosphere and the feeling on campus and was impressed with the uptempo nature of the practice.

“They do a lot of teaching and stuff in their meetings,” Hansen said. “In practice, they keep it moving no matter what. The practice never drags.

“If you make a mistake in practice, they don’t dwell on it. They move on. During film that’s when they talk about it more. I liked that.”

Hansen’s Twitter account got a lot more views Tuesday afternoon when he took a picture of Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel. Despite the picture, Hansen said he never really got to spend a lot of time with Johnny Football.

But he did get to watch Manziel work. And after seeing him practice for a day, Hansen said it was a lot easier for him to realize why Manziel won the Heisman.

“He has a great passion for the game,” Hansen said. “But he’s also real laid-back. He has fun playing the game, and you can see how he’s always thinking. If the pass is there, he’s going to make it. If it’s not, he’s going to run. He goes all-out.”

It wasn’t just about the practice for Hansen as it was his first trip to A&M, and he said it was a special feeling being able to walk onto Kyle Field for the first time.

Hansen has been primarily recruited by quarterbacks coach Jake Spavital. Though he has only been at A&M for a couple of months, Spavital is familiar with Hansen. He watched him when he was the quarterbacks coach at West Virginia. His father, Steve Spavital, is the coach at Broken Arrow (Okla.) High, one of the top programs in the state to go along with Edmond Santa Fe.

Hansen said it was good to develop the relationship even more with Spavital but even better to get to know A&M head coach Kevin Sumlin.

“He’s a younger coach, and he knows how to relate to his players,” Hansen said. “I had heard a lot of good things about him, and I can see why.”

Hansen was considering trips to Auburn and Ole Miss to close out the week but has opted to take it easy and won’t take any more visits this week.

Kansas State offered him last week and Missouri was his first offer 13 months ago, but Hansen has no idea when or where his next visit will be. He intends to also visit an OU spring practice.

Hansen said OU, A&M and Auburn are the three schools contacting him the most. His plan is still to have a decision within the next month.

“It’s going to be tough,” Hansen said. “A visit like this just shows me even more how hard something like this is going to be.”