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Despite being offered a full-ride football scholarship to Boise State, Chad Hansen, the All-Valley Defensive Player of the Year, decided to go on a two-year mission for the LDS church before attending college and says he will make his final decision about where to play when he returns. What are the chances Hansen will end up on the Blue? Well, not too bad actually...

Chad Hansen was heavily recruited by numerous colleges, including SDSU, New Mexico State, BYU, Utah, Colorado State, and Boise State, but when all the hoopla died down and it came time to sign a Letter of Intent, only one school came through with a written offer.. Boise State.

Hansen, however, put off signing in favor of serving a 2-year mission for his church. After speaking with him, however, you quickly discover that this isn't your typical Missionary-to-be. Hansen can't wait to play college football, and says he doesn't think two years away from the gridiron will deter his desire.

He took his only recruiting trip to Boise State, and the Bronco coaches told Hansen to call them when he got back from his mission.

Asked to describe his visit to the City of Trees, Hansen sounded like that call might be one of the first things he does once he returns. "I liked the city, the team felt like a family, and I really liked the blue field," Hansen said.

"Unless something totally changes (while being away on his mission), I've got my heart set on football, and I definitely want to keep going."

Hansen certainly has the credentials to continue playing after a short hiatus. He was named the All-Valley Defensive Player of the year, Southwestern League First Team Defense, All-CIF 2nd Team Defense, and CalHiSports All-State 3rd Team Linebacker. He was ranked a top-100 Outside Linebacker prospect and was invited to play in the 55th Annual Al Malaikah Shriners All Star Football Game at Linebacker.

Hansen has an NFLesque frame, standing 6-foot-4, and having a lot of room to add to his 215lb frame. Despite his size, his best asset might be his speed on the outside, along with his long arms and quick reads.

Hansen had 119 tackles and 9 sacks as a Junior, and 90 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a Senior despite being nearly always double-teamed. He also blocked 2 punts, recovered 3 fumbles, and had 1 INT on the season.

Hansen also played some TE for the Nighthawks, and had 17 receptions on the season for 200 yards and 4 TD's.

So now, Bronco fans already have something to look forward to in 2009. BroncoCountry will try to keep in touch with Chad to see where he ends up after he finishes his mission.

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