Tar Heels Offer Hanson

North Carolina extended Braden Hanson his first scholarship offer -– of what appears to be many to come –- Thursday afternoon during an unofficial visit.

"We went up to UNC [Thursday] and they kind of told us [prior to the visit] that they were probably going to offer me," said Hanson. "[Thursday] me and my whole family went up there and we sat down with Coach [Butch] Davis and he gave us the offer and told us the good news."

Hanson, a 6-foot-6 210-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, scheduled the trip approximately a week ago with offensive coordinator and QB coach John Shoop.

"When I got back from Mexico for my spring break last week, I spoke to Coach Shoop on Friday," said Hanson. "He told me that Coach Davis had seen my film and that they really wanted me to come visit. Since it's only two hours away, they wanted to [talk to me] in person. We kind of set up Thursday as a good day."

After arriving in Chapel Hill around 2 p.m., Hanson united with Shoop and watched film. He then met with Davis in his office.

"We just kind of sat down in [Davis'] office and talked for a little bit," said Hanson. "And then he said ‘As you might already know, the reason that you're here is we want to offer.'

"They talked about how they feel very highly of me – and that's good too know. They said that quarterback is a big position to evaluate and [they want] a good one to lead the recruiting class. They think that I can be that guy.

"We talked a lot about the opportunity that I can have at North Carolina and what it has to offer both academically and athletically, [and] how they're trying to build their program and start winning national championships."

Hanson, who was verbally offered Wednesday night by Wisconsin through a text message, is relieved to receive his first official scholarship offer.

"It was good [to get that UNC offer]," said Hanson. "It's my first offer and for it to be my home state school like UNC, it means a lot. I was pretty numb."

After meeting with Davis, Hanson headed over to Navy Field to watch the Tar Heels' spring practice.

"It was a little rainy, a little cold, but it seemed like they still were getting after it," said Hanson. "It was good to see. I got to watch Coach Shoop coach the quarterbacks and I got to say hello to Mark Paschal, whose brother I played with in high school and he went to my high school, as well. It was just a good experience."

Hanson's Chapel Hill stay concluded with, what he called, "an informal" dinner with Shoop and his wife.

"We got to eat at the Carolina Inn, which was good and we just talked about a lot of stuff," said Hanson. "Everything pretty much ranging from football to recruiting to his background and our background and what it would be like with the opportunity for us to work together for the next few years."

North Carolina has been recruiting Hanson hard the last few months and thus Hanson has reciprocated the strong interest. The offer only furthers that bond.

"I'm definitely very high on UNC," said Hanson. "I'm pretty ecstatic about the offer, but I'm not going to make a decision in the near future – I don't think. I think that I could have some more opportunities come along and I'd like to check those out as well. But make no mistake about it, I like UNC. This means a lot that they were the first team to offer me."

Hanson isn't ready to designate North Carolina his leader, but says "they are definitely one of the top schools that I'm considering right now."

Not rushing his recruitment, Hanson hasn't put much thought into when he will make a verbal commitment.

"Right now, I think it's kind of early," said Hanson. "I really don't have much of a timeline. I think that it will probably start to show itself in the coming weeks as far as when I want to make a decision. Right now, I'm just kind of enjoying the offer that I got."

Thursday's visit was Hanson's second to North Carolina this spring; he also attended UNC's Junior Day earlier in March. Additionally, he has unofficially visited Alabama and Auburn.

This Saturday, Hanson will head to Knoxville to unofficially visit Tennessee. He will then travel to Georgia and make a return trip to Alabama over the Easter weekend. Hanson said he is also hoping to make it up to Madison to check out Wisconsin.

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