Thursday, March 28, 2013
QB Hansen deciding soon between two
By Bob Przybylo
ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) wasn’t feeling 100 percent physically Wednesday, but he wasn’t about to cancel his trip to Oklahoma.
Hansen has been a familiar face in Norman, Okla., the last two years, but it’s a different feeling as Hansen gets closer and closer to making a verbal commitment.
He visited Texas A&M last week for spring break and said he was hopeful to make a visit to OU as soon as possible after the Aggies visit. The pieces came together on Wednesday.
ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen has visited Texas A&M and Oklahoma this spring.
“It’s a different look at both of them,” Hansen said. “I’ve been to OU the last two summers for camps and for games on Saturdays and straight-up junior days.
“I was at A&M and got to tour the campus, see the [recreation] center and student union and watch a practice. I wanted to do that at OU, too.”
Hansen said the visit was a success, as he actually did take in the campus this time around. He went to the student union, and the OU coaches prepared a nice tour for him to see what campus life is like.
After that, the focus was back to football. Hansen sat in during the quarterbacks meeting and was right out there in the middle of practice with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel.
But not too close.
“He kept calling me over to be there on the field, but I didn’t want to get too close to everybody and get run over or anything like that,” Hansen said. “I talked to (redshirt freshman QB) Trevor Knight the most out of the quarterbacks. He’s a cool guy. We didn’t break down stuff or anything like that. It was just general conversation.”
There is no bad choice between the Sooners and Aggies, but Hansen said he recognized some differences in the way each school ran its practice.
“I would say OU is a little more structured and does more teaching and making sure you do everything right,” Hansen said. “At A&M, it was a faster tempo, and they do their teaching more in the film room than on the field.”
With trips to OU and A&M in the books, there is nothing on Hansen’s docket at this time. The next thing on his plate is a trip to the Elite 11 quarterback regional camp in Dallas next Saturday.
“Right now it’s just down to making a choice,” Hansen said.
After a long pause, Hansen stayed consistent in saying the decision will be soon but no exact date has been set.
Hansen said last week he would love to take his time with the decision but knows that at the quarterback position, he doesn’t really have that luxury. He wants to be fair to both schools and also wants to start developing an even deeper relationship with the coaches once he commits.
Texas A&M and OU both have their spring games on April 13. Hansen said he was undecided at this time which game he plans to attend.