Mizzou courting another QB?

There's little doubt Missouri's top recruiting priority at the quarterback position -– and perhaps any position –- is Parkway West (Mo.) star Blaine Gabbert. It appears the staff has been hoping to wrap up his commitment, and Gabbert is said to be a strong MU lean. But InsideMizzou has learned the Tigers have what appears to be an excellent contingency plan in place. Read on for details…

"I've been in contact with coach [Dave] Yost. He texts me probably once a week," said 6-foot-6, 200-pound Charlotte Latin (N.C.) signal caller Braden Hanson. "They were actually one of the first colleges who called my coach."

Hanson does not have any scholarship offers yet, though it appears to be simply a matter of time. He's being courted by in-state programs Duke, N.C. State and UNC, while he recently took trips to Alabama and Auburn and has another planned for Tennessee.

"I'm open to all schools at this point," said Hanson, who completed 70 percent of his passes for 2,695 yards, 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions last season while leading his team to a 12-1 mark and its second consecutive state private school title.

Hanson's family lived in Kansas City until moving south when he was eight, and his father Brian Hanson attended Shawnee Mission High School. Brian Hanson attended Kansas State.

"We know Missouri very well," Brian Hanson said.

"My dad wasn't really a diehard K-State fan, so I don't have a preference one way or the other. I was a Kansas City Chiefs fan, that's really my only love," Braden Hanson said. "I have a lot of relatives there."

Hanson is aware of Gabbert, but doesn't know exactly what the situation is in terms of his recruitment or any other quarterback offers that could go out.

"They don't talk to me about him and I imagine they don't talk to him about me," he said. "He sounds like a good quarterback. I assume they're going hard after him."

It's safe to say plenty of schools will be going hard after Hanson as well. He has fantastic size at a bit over 6-5 and a strong arm. He'd like to play in a pro-style offense that caters to his abilities, and said his high school's attack is similar to MU's.

"They run the spread, but I think they can probably make it work for a lot of quarterbacks. Urban Meyer runs his version of it with Tim Tebow and everything, but you don't have to run or throw the option all of the time," he said. "I like to sit back in the pocket."

Hanson seems unlikely to make a rash decision and is looking at academics and which school is the right fit for him on and off the field. He is waiting to plan his trips until he figures out which programs have the highest interest level in him, and then schedule accordingly. Should one of those schools turn out to be Mizzou, we'll let you know…

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