Hanson's MU Trip: "I could see myself ..."

While many of his classmates were spending the weekend relaxing, Charlotte Latin (N.C.) quarterback Braden Hanson was criss-crossing the Midwest on one airplane flight after another. Hanson capped his weekend tour of possible college destinations – Mizzou, Colorado, Kansas State and Iowa – with a trip Thursday to Columbia, and the result was quite a good one.

"I could definitely see myself playing there," Hanson said as he prepared to board his final connecting flight home.

"It went really well. I got to check out Missouri for the first time and see the campus and meet with Chase Daniel and Coach Yost and Coach Pinkel, and talk about the opportunities for me there."

Hanson, a 6-foot-6 lefthander who appears to be Mizzou's No. 1 target at quarterback, got to walk around campus, talk at length with Pinkel and Co., and take a look at all of the facilities for the first time. He came away nothing but impressed.

"The campus was beautiful, everything from the business school to the football stadium was top notch," he said. "A lot of [the facilities are] new. We went into the basketball stadium and even that was new."

Hanson said that one or two schools stood out on his visit, but understandably did not want to rank them. He plans to make a visit next week to Rutgers, and could come to a decision sometime in the following month or so, though nothing is set in stone. He and his father, Bryan Hanson, have been taking a measured, smart approach to the process in order to find the best place for him.

Missouri could be that place, though Missouri's coaching staff did not overwhelm him with pressure.

"They didn't do the whole used car salesman thing. They didn't really oversell the program. They talked about the direction the program is going in," Hanson said. Pinkel "is a really great guy."

Hanson, whose family is originally from Kansas City, stayed with relatives Thursday night before heading home for some rest and relaxation.

"Needless to say, I'm pretty tired," he said. "But I'm definitely glad I made the trip."

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