Hanson to Help with Visit Weekend

The weekend of January 11th is shaping up to be one of the biggest official visit weekends of the Butch Davis era – both in quantity and quality. Therefore it comes as no surprise that Braden Hanson will be among the official visitors.

"They said that's a pretty big weekend," Hanson said. "It was either going to be that or the 18th [of January]. I think [the 11th] worked best for both of us."

Thus far, there are 13 known recruits scheduled to visit that weekend, including E.J. Abrams-Ward, Dwayne Allen, Jonathan Cooper, Malcolm Monroe, and Brandon Washington.

Since verbally committing in July, Hanson has wanted to become a bigger part of UNC's recruiting efforts. Outside of talking to recruits on Facebook and during campus visits, the 6-foot-6, 190-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin hasn't had much of a chance to do so thus far.

"That is something I want to become more apart of," Hanson said. "Once Christmas gets done and I get down there for the 11th for my official visit, I'm sure I'll meet some more people and get some more numbers and start really talking."

In the meantime, Hanson has been following the recruitments of various UNC targets, some of which have recently announced their collegiate destinations.

"I'm obviously thrilled that some of them have chosen UNC and I know we're still going after some people," Hanson said. "I know Arthur Brown is going to Miami – I'm still a little disappointed in that. There are still a lot of big names out there, so hopefully we can pull some more in."

Hanson hosted Davis and offensive coordinator John Shoop two weeks ago for an in-home visit.

"It was really helpful," Hanson said. "… They just started talking a lot about what is going on, their evaluation of the year and where they are going from here, what they think of me and how I'd fit for them, how they're all really excited and they feel really confident going into next year because they know so much more about the players they've got on the team. It was a good visit and a good talk. I'm sure glad they came down."

Hanson's primary focus, though, is Latin's basketball team, which is currently 11-0. Hanson plays forward where he more or less serves as a quarterback on the court.

"I catch the ball in the middle and I look down low and try to feed our other big guy down low," Hanson said.

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