Hansen Talks Sooner Pledge

Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen ended his recruitment over the weekend, committing to Oklahoma before the Sooners' spring game. He discusses his decision and more...

The Sooners landed their quarterback on Saturday morning, as Edmond (Okla.) Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen gave his verbal to Oklahoma.

"First and foremost, it was a childhood dream of mine to play at Oklahoma, and it just so happened that they had everything I'm looking for and everything I'm looking to do. It all lined up," he said.

The 6-foot-4, 190-pound athlete spent the day on campus after committing, taking in the Sooners' spring game.

"It was good," he said of the experience. "I've been around OU a lot throughout my life. I gave my commitment that morning and afterwards I got to go to the game and be around recruits; knowing it was where I was going to be was really nice."

Hansen had said the previous weekend he was also seriously considering Texas A&M, but ultimately felt that Oklahoma fit him best, which evidently pleased the Sooner staff.

"They were pretty excited. [Head] coach [Bob] Stoops stood up and shook my hand, gave me a hug, so that means a lot. Coach Stoops is a great coach and for him to be excited for me to come in means a lot," he said.

There has been talk that the Sooners' offense will develop into more of a run game this fall and Hansen feels confident that his talent as a dual-threat signal-caller will allow him to adapt.

"The coaches just kind of showed me what they are doing with the offense. Like everybody already knows, they are incorporating a little bit more of a quarterback run game, but they have always told me that they are going to recruit someone who is a passer first and they believe I can do all of that," he said.

A longtime OU fan, Hansen has fond memories of watching the team -specifically the quarterbacks- throughout his childhood.

"In 2000, I watched [former quarterback and current co-offensive coordinator] Josh Heupel win a National Championship at OU so that's special that now I'll be able to play under him. Of course, watching Sam Bradford and his career at OU was pretty cool," he said.

With the process now behind him, Hansen says he feels "very relieved" and is looking forward to building a strong recruiting class.

"Now I just need to prepare for my senior season of high school and other than that, right now it's just trying to see who else I can get to jump on board with me," he said.

Hansen was pleased to hear that the Sooners' picked up their fourth commitment on Monday from La Mirada (Calif.) receiver Dallis Todd and has been talking with a few other prospects, as well.

"I've been trying to keep in contact with Steven Parker, a safety out of Jenks, Oklahoma, and have been trying to talk to some other players, as well," he said.

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