Lineman commits earlier than expected

Dillon Hansen maintained for the past few weeks that he would not commit until signing day on February 4th. He considered himself an Arizona lean, but told several recruiting services that he would not comment further until he made an announcement later on. That has apparently changed.

According to the Las Cruces Sun-News OL Dillon Hansen has committed to the Wildcats.

"I feel good about my decision and I feel I can play in one of the best leagues in the nation," Hansen told the Sun-News. "I just really felt comfortable there and the coaching staff is great."

A week ago Cat Tracks had heard that Hansen may have committed to Arizona, but he insisted that he was still open. He admitted to being a "strong" lean and told several reporters that he did not want to comment on recruiting until a decision was made.

As late as a week ago Hansen claimed that he was still open and considering both the Wildcats and Texas Tech. He loved the though of playing in the Big 12, but the lure of the Pac-10 and having his father close by was too much. Hansen's father lives close to campus.

"It's a real nice school," Hansen said. "I like the staff, plus my dad lives real close to campus."

the 6-5, 280-pound Hansen told the Sun-News that he feels he could play on the left side and knows he will have to be ready to play both the run and pass in the balanced spread offense.

Hansen helped lead the Los Cruces High School to a 9-2 record in 2003 and a spot in the Class AAAAA playoffs. He also helped lead them to a Class AAAAA state title in 2002.

Cat Tracks will catch up with Hansen later on to get an interview on the commit.

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