A late bloomer, Hanson has the build and tenacity to become an impact lineman at the college level.
"If you would have told me at this time last year I would be recruited by quite a few Pac 12 schools I would've very excited," Hanson said. "However, with the way I played and the gains I have made in the weight room during the past season, I'm not amazed."
When everything is said and done don't be surprised if Hanson has plenty of choices out west.
"Right now Oregon, California, Arizona and Colorado are recruiting me the hardest," he said. "They all have similar things to say. I've already visited Colorado and California and I learned a lot about both places there.
"I have an Oregon visit coming up here soon, so I'm excited to be able to compare all the visits."
Arizona is also trying to get Hanson to visit.
"I have been talking with the Arizona coaches quite a bit actually," Hanson said. "They like how I play and they have been watching me play for awhile now and have always been very complimentary.
"They say they have a place for a guy like me. It's been a good pitch so far. I don't have anything set up there, but we could certainly see some activity there."
The Wildcats have time to make that happen.
"Everything has been kind of a whirlwind," Hanson said. "I'm definitely going to take all my visits and probably make my decision after my senior year."