Hansen: BYU Is Still My #1 Choice

Braden Hansen is currently looking around after giving BYU coaches a verbal commitment two months ago. The offensive/defensive line recruit now plans on taking his trips and weighing all of his options before making an unconditional commitment.

"BYU is still my number one choice," said Alta High School's Braden Hansen. "Nothing negative has happened or anything like that. I love BYU and I'll most likely end up signing there, but I'm going to listen to other offers and I'll consider other offers."

The recruiting process can be a difficult and arduous one for many a high school athlete. The constant pressure from many different programs can be overwhelming for a 17-year-old.

This is something that is not lost on Hansen as he explained to Total Blue Sports. "It's a huge decision and I just want to be careful and consider everything," he said. "Like I said, BYU still is far and away my favorite, but I have a while to go before I decide and I'll just look everything over."

Hansen lists schools such as Utah, Stanford and UCLA as schools that are on top of his list a notch below BYU. "I like Stanford a lot for its academics," said Hansen. "I'm a pretty academically inclined guy, so that attracts me to Stanford. I also like Utah and UCLA; they're showing me a lot of interest."

Hansen has been in contact with BYU coaches, who show understanding despite Hansen's previous commitment being somewhat rescinded. "Coach Doman and I talked for a while," said the 6'6", 250-pound lineman. "He was totally cool about everything and seemed to understand me well. I really like BYU's coaching staff and all the contact I've had with them so far."

In the meantime, Hansen plans to trip to Provo later this month for at least two days of summer camp, joining his older brother Brock Hansen who is currently working out with BYU players at quarterback as he prepares for the upcoming season.

"Nothing much has changed other than I just wanted to say that I'll listen to other offers and consider them along with what I have from BYU," said Hansen. "I love BYU; that has not changed and I don't see that changing. BYU is my number one school."


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