Minnehaha DE Taylor Hanson Gets Early Looks

Minnesota landed an strong 2009 recruiting class and is working hard to attract an even better group next February. GoldenSports.Net will get a jump on the Class of 2010 by looking at some of the top local talent. Taylor Hanson, a 6-foot-5, 220-pound defensive end from Minnehaha Academy, was named Associated Press Minnesota All-State honorable mention.

Taylor Hanson was named All-Tri Metro Conference as a junior as he led the Redhawks to 3-6 mark, losing to St. Anthony Village in the Class AAA, Section 4 first round playoffs. Hanson had 161 tackles (second-most in the metro area), 116 solo tackles and 45 assists.

Hanson is also a standout for the Minnehaha basketball team. The Redhawks are off to a 17-2 start after losing to St. Bernard's 73-66 last night, snapping a 13 game-winning streak. Hanson has scored in double figures in 12 of 17 games and had a season-high 20 points against St. Thomas Academy.

Hanson said that he has heard from several schools.

"Arizona, NDSU, Cornell," he said. "I've got one thing from Minnesota."

Hanson did not attend any football camps last summer, due to a hectic AAU schedule with the Redhawks program. He is hoping that will change this year.

"This year, I am going to try to get out to a couple," he said.

Hanson is uncertain about attending any Junior Days in the next month.

"I haven't thought about it," he said. "I've been really concentrating on basketball here."

The Redhawks are off to a strong start but are in one of the top sections in Class AA, which includes Concordia Academy and St. Bernard's. Hanson has simple goals for the rest of the season.

"Keep winning," he said. "Just play every game by game and see how far we get."

He has high hopes for the Minnehaha football team next fall, which returns most of the key players and loses only a handful of seniors.

"We lost five and pretty much all our starters are back," he said. "The guys that we did lose did not play as much, so we should be very good next year."

Hanson finished second in the metro area in tackles as a junior.

"I had a good season," he said. "I moved to middle linebacker, which let me move across the field more, so that helped."

Hanson played both sides of field in high school and is getting looks at several positions in college.

"I played middle linebacker on defense and slot and fullback, because our offense did not have a tight end," he said. "Tight end and defensive end are the two that I have been talked to about playing in college."

He said that he will work hard in the offseason to get ready for his senior season.

"Speed mostly," he said. "Getting off the line faster and strength."

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