Hanson Sits Down with Shoop

Braden Hanson utilized North Carolina's Junior Day this past Sunday to better get to know the coaches – especially offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach John Shoop.

"One of the really big things I wanted to do was talk to Coach Shoop," said Hanson. "I haven't really spoken to him in person so it was a really good chance to meet him.

"We talked about a lot of stuff. Mostly about Carolina and the opportunity there and how he feels about me and how he feels about the situation there – basically anything ranging from recruiting to his background, including the NFL."

Hanson, a 6-foot-6 200-pound junior quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, is still awaiting his first scholarship offer. While he didn't press the issue during discussions with Shoop or any other UNC coach, he was told that that staff would like to evaluate him in-person during one of the Tar Heels' one-day camps this summer.

Given their strong interest level, Hanson said he definitely plans to include UNC among his summer camping destinations. N.C. State, who has also expressed an interest in an in-person evaluation, also appears to be a likely stop.

"Right now, I definitely would say that North Carolina and North Carolina State are the two schools that I'm probably in contact with the most and that I feel are interested in me the most and that I'm most interested in," Hanson said. "So I would probably say schools like that it would be easy to spend a one-day camp at so that they can see me throw."

Hanson, who unofficially visited N.C. State prior to his UNC stay, said he was also impressed by the UNC facilities.

While he is still hesitant to name any solid favorites until after the scholarship offers begin to come in, Hanson was impressed with what UNC has to offer, especially academically.

"It's one of the places to go just in terms of academics alone," said Hanson. "It's one of the best universities in the country for public schools."

This weekend, Hanson will entertain yet another weekend full of unofficial visits. He will head to Alabama Friday and then travel across the state Saturday to visit Auburn.

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