Butler C.C. (Kan.) quarterback Justice Hansen is making an effort to remain calm and patient as he has now moved within two weeks of the mid-year signing date.
If nothing else, Hansen now has a nice option.
The 6-foot-4, 220-pound JUCO quarterback, who originally signed with Oklahoma in the 2014 class before transferring after his freshman season, heard from his coaches Tuesday that Iowa State was interested and received an offer from the Cyclones on Wednesday when new Iowa State Director of Scouting John Kuceyeski stopped in.
“It was a really quick turnaround,” Hansen said. “Really they’re just offering me and [telling me about] coming in and getting the chance to compete this spring.”
Hansen, who picked Oklahoma over Texas A&M out of high school, played in nine games as a redshirt freshman this season for Butler C.C. In his lone season at Butler, Hansen threw for 1,694 yards (163-of-211, 77 percent) while throwing 12 touchdowns to two interceptions.
Hansen also rushed for 152 yards in one of Butler’s victories.
“I’d describe my game as a winner,” Hansen said. “There have been games where I’ve thrown for around 300 this year and then there’s a game where I’ve rushed for 150. So whatever the defense allows, that’s what I’m going to do. I would like to look at my game from being able to make all the throws and at the same time extend plays when I need to and also have some QB run game incorporated. I feel like I’m a well-rounded player and can do about anything.”
Iowa State is seeking quarterback depth to compete with Joel Lanning this spring and at the very least act as an experienced backup. The Cyclones have just two scholarship quarterbacks — Lanning and freshman Dom DeLira — on roster after soon-to-be senior Grant Rohach transferred.
Having the chance to compete is a key factor for Hansen.
“That’s a huge part in it,” Hansen said. “That’s part of the reason me coming back to junior college is to go through the whole recruiting process again, making sure I can go somewhere where I can get in the mix.”
Hansen had been hearing from several schools, but coaches from each of them are currently shuffling and he should have a better feel for his situation next week. The Oklahoma native is planning to arrive at Iowa State for an official visit sometime next week, on either Thursday or Friday.
His relationship with coaches will ultimately play a big factor.
“I was at OU previously and you find out really quickly how much time you’re actually spending with the coaches as far as practice, film and then you’ve got your workouts and all that,” Hansen said. “The majority of your time is spent around the football program, so just find a place where you fit in is honestly probably No. 1 [on my list].”
While Hansen sorts through his options in the days ahead and prepares for his trip north, he’s excited to have a new option.
“Not even just [excited] about the Big 12 offer and all that type of thing but Coach [Matt] Campbell, I know what he was doing at Toledo and for him to go to Iowa State and offer me, that’s pretty exciting,” Hansen said. “I think he’s a great coach.”