Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Q&A: Watch List QB Justice Hansen
By Bob Przybylo
No in-state junior had more pressure to perform than ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe). After an incredible sophomore season, he was expected to surpass those numbers as a junior.
It wasn’t easy, but he managed to do so. Hansen was 185-of-318 for 3,079 yards with 36 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 773 yards and 14 more scores.
Class of 2014 signal-caller Justice Hansen could be offered by the Sooners soon.
He entered the season with offers from Arkansas and Missouri, and more offers are coming now, with Arizona State and Texas A&M joining the list.
Hansen has been a frequent visitor to Oklahoma for the last two seasons. He’s going to make one more trip to Norman this weekend for junior day.
SoonerNation: It’s that time of year, when junior days seemingly happen every weekend. What are some of the other ones you’re looking to attend?
Justice Hansen: As of right now, OU really is the only one. I’m looking to try to hit Oklahoma State or Tulsa. I thought about OSU or Tulsa this last weekend but had a basketball tournament, so had to pass for now.
SN: The Aggies recently offered. That felt like that came out of nowhere. Has A&M been in constant contact or did this just recently happen?
Hansen: I’ve had some letters from them in the past. I had a Facebook message sent to me by Coach [Jake] Spavital. I called, and he ended up offering me right then and there on the phone.
SN: Spavital’s father is the coach at Broken Arrow (Okla.) High. Do you think that played a role?
Hansen: Yeah, he said he had been watching me for a long time. When he was at West Virginia, he wasn’t sure if he could get me to go that far. But now that he’s at Texas A&M, he thinks he has a better chance.
SN: Your father played baseball at OU, so everybody assumes you’ll be a Sooner. Are they your favorite right now?
Hansen: I wouldn’t say that. OU is up there with everybody else. I’ll be there this weekend, and we’ll see what happens. If they offer, then OU is back in the mix with everybody. You want to get as many offers as possible and have as many options as you can. That’s how I’m looking at things at this point.
SN: You were this big name to watch after your sophomore season. How different does it feel now, following your junior season?
Hansen: It does feel a lot different. I’m a lot more realistic with everything, everything is becoming more real. I mean I just have one more year at Santa Fe and it’s off to college.
SN: You’ve already been invited to the 2014 Under Armour All-America Game. How did that all come about?
Hansen: I’m very excited for that opportunity. [ESPN senior recruiting analyst] Tom Luginbill got in touch with me and let me know. I know the best players play in that game, so I can’t wait.
SN: Even during the summer, you were going to basketball camps. What do you get out of playing basketball at this point?
Hansen: Basketball was my first love, and I still do love it. When you’re younger, it’s a lot easier to find a gym and a ball and play some basketball. Obviously with all the football offers coming, I know where my future is. But I do still enjoy playing basketball.