Hanson: 'I Love UNC'

To obtain a solid look at North Carolina's offense under first-year head coach Butch Davis and offensive coordinator John Shoop, Braden Hanson attended the Tar Heels' Spring Game on Saturday.

"They definitely run an offense that I think I can do well in – it plays to my strengths more so then a lot of other offenses," said Hanson. "[T.J. Yates] came up pretty good and had a pretty good day. They definitely have got a lot of great receivers out there. The line was blocking pretty well from what I saw – I think it's one of the strengths of the team."

Before the game, Hanson, a 6-foot-6 210-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, also was granted the opportunity to sit in a quarterback meeting, which is conducted by Shoop, who also coaches the quarterbacks.

"I think the most entertaining thing of all is just listening to Coach Shoop because he's just a really funny guy," said Hanson. "It was really entertaining.

"I think it would be really fun being a quarterback and sitting in one of those meetings and have him address what you did at practice the other day. That's pretty much what they were doing with the quarterbacks; they were talking about plays that they ran in practice and ones they might run in the scrimmage."

During his stay, Hanson also met Mike Paulus, North Carolina's heralded quarterback signee from Syracuse (N.Y.) Christian Brothers.

Roughly two weeks ago, UNC extended Hanson his first official scholarship offer. Shortly thereafter, Wisconsin made their offer official, while Duke and Missouri also entered the fray with an offer. Earlier this month he visited Alabama, Georgia and NC State.

Regardless, Hanson isn't ready to name any favorites.

"Right now, I don't want to lock in on one school or lock out another," said Hanson. "I think as the months unfold, I'm going to go to some of these camps and see some coaches that come and visit my school and I'll probably sit down and try to figure out a formula for coming up with favorites. I'm not ready at this point, yet."

While no timeline is set, Hanson will likely begin the narrowing down process before the end of the summer.

Despite not claiming any favorites after four-to-five campus visits, Hanson has Carolina on his mind.

"I've gotten a chance – from visiting Carolina so much – to kind of see everything there is to see there – outside of spending the night there," said Hanson. "Just as far as the campus, the coaches, and the players – the whole program – I feel like I have a good feel on them, more so than a lot of other schools.

"I love UNC, to be honest. Chapel Hill is a great place. I think that the Tar Heel blue would look pretty good on me, to be honest. There's some other schools I'm looking at as well, but they're definitely pretty high on my list."

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