Wake Forest (NC) Rolesville High School put together a tremendous season in 2007, finishing off the year at 12-1. Boasting a solid run game that tallied better than 2,500 yards and 32 touchdowns, much of Rolesville’s success on the ground started behind the efforts of all-conference offensive lineman Taylor Hansen. The 6-4, 299 pound rising senior has been somewhat of an unknown on the recruiting trail so far but it’s a safe bet you’ll be hearing more about Hansen as the year progresses.
Lining up on both offense and defense as a sophomore, Hansen moved to center full time as a junior. His play at that position has earned early recruiting attention from schools like NC State, East Carolina, UNC, Rutgers and Duke.
So far, the Wolfpack has been recruiting Hansen the hardest and he had a chance to attend junior day at State a few weeks ago. He came away impressed with what the Pack has to offer.
“It was a real nice place over there,” said Hansen. “I think junior day was run really well. They’re real serious about football and that’s what it’s all about. They haven’t really said which position they like me for on the offensive line yet. We did have a chance to spend some time with our position coach (NC State offensive line coach Don Horton). He’s a real good guy, fundamental. He told us to work hard and we’d be alright. They said they’d like to see me at camp this summer.”
Hansen plans to attend camp at NC State and East Carolina and a few other schools this summer. An academic all-conference pick as a junior, Hanson says he’s very interested in what the Wolfpack has to offer.
“I kind of like NC State, just the way everything is over there,” said Hansen. “ECU would be nice too but I’m kind of feeling more comfortable with NC State right now.”