A teammate of Auburn safety signee Khari Harding, Hansen got an offer from the Tigers himself this week and it adds to an already strong early list of suitors that includes home state Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Arizona State, and Texas A&M. Already very familiar with Auburn's program and Gus Malzahn thanks to one very special player, Hansen says it's exciting to get an offer from the SEC school and he's looking forward to learning more about the tigers.
"I'm familiar with Auburn because of that 2010 team," Hansen tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "Cam Newton was my favorite player so I really followed him the whole way through that season. I love everything about Malzahn's offense. I try to run and throw and that's what I see in what he does. I saw him at Auburn in 2010 and then I kind of watched Arkansas State and how he did that. It's pretty exciting.
"The only person I really knew from Auburn was Coach (Dameyune) Craig when he came up there from Florida State," he adds about this new staff. "I knew he was there and he said he was going to put in a good word for me for Coach Malzahn. They came by the school a few weeks ago for Khari and Coach said they talked about me a little bit. Coach Mayne texted me today and said Auburn had offered and wanted me to call them. I called and they offered."
A physically gifted quarterback capable of beating you with his running ability as well as his throwing ability, Hansen threw for 3,069 yards and 34 touchdowns as a junior with only six interceptions and also added 773 yards and 14 scores on the ground. As a sophomore he threw for 2,917 yards and 27 touchdowns while running for 529 yards and six more touchdowns.
Those numbers should make him a wanted man as his recruiting continues to heat up, but Hansen says he's in no rush to make an early decision. Interested in learning more about Auburn and Malzahn's offense, he says that a visit to the Plains is something he wants to do before beginning to narrow down his list.
"I really like Coach Malzahn's offense and hopefully I can make it there sometime this spring," Hansen says. "All of the schools are in the mix right now though. Auburn offered Wednesday, but there is no telling what happens tomorrow. Right now I'm just sitting back and not really making any decisions right now."
Santa Fe coach Lance Manning makes it clear whoever signs the quarterback will be adding a prized recruit to the roster.
"He's special from the kind of student he is to how disciplined and tough he is," Manning says. "He can dominate a game. He is about 6-3 1/2. He can run real well and throw real well. He has been dominating games for two years since I have been here going back to his sophomore season.
"The word for him is special," the coach added. "He will give somebody the ability to win a conference championship whether it is Auburn or Texas A&M , OU or whoever."