Mizzou Text Message Surprises N.C. QB

Charlotte Latin (N.C.) junior quarterback Braden Hanson has been a frequent recipient of text messages from college recruiters, so he's become accustomed to getting several per day. Nonetheless, he was quite surprised by the one he received from Missouri recruiting coordinator Dave Yost Monday evening.

"He told me they were going to send me an official offer tomorrow, which would be today," Hanson said Tuesday afternoon. "It's still a verbal thing, but it's pretty official."

Hanson was taken aback by the offer in large part because he knows the MU staff seems to be recruiting Parkway West (mo.) star Blaine Gabbert quite intently, and has seemingly been perhaps the top player on MU's board, regardless of position, for a while now.

"It's pretty exciting. I like Missouri a lot," said Hanson, whose family lived in Kansas City until moving when he was eight years old. "I always rooted really hard for Missouri basketball because Kareem Rush went to my school."

Hanson does not seem to be nearly as far along in the recruiting process as Gabbert, which might partially explain the offer – the window for the two players' respective decisions might not overlap, thus Mizzou would be able to keep its options open with each player. While Gabbert may be closing in on a decision, Hanson wants to make several visits this summer, including trips to Alabama and Georgia next weekend and possibly another to Mizzou shortly thereafter.

Hanson, whose father, Brian Hanson attended Kansas State, has offers from North Carolina and Wisconsin, in addition to the one he's expecting from Missouri. He's also been hearing from several Southeastern Conference programs in addition to N.C. State.

"I'd be ecstatic to play for any of those schools," he said.

He said Mizzou's offense is similar to the one he quarterbacks at Charlotte Latin, where the 6-foot-6, 200-pounder 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.

"It wouldn't be much of an adjustment," he said.

Hanson added that he doesn't exert much effort into determining the reasons for the timing of his scholarship offers and will continue to move deliberately through the evaluation process regardless of how many other quarterbacks are being recruited by the other schools courting him. In other words, he's unlikely to commit quickly to Mizzou – or anyone else -- just to secure a spot before another player can.

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