Hanson Excited for UNC Opportunity

For Braden Hanson, Signing Day allowed him to finalize a recruitment that had long been over.

"To be honest, I don't think it means as much to me as it does for other kids that have announced their decisions," Hanson said. "I think I made up my mind a while ago. It doesn't mean too much other then it's official, but in my mind, it's been official for a while.

"I not only feel strongly [about my decision], but I also feel excited about my opportunities at Carolina."

Hanson, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, verbally committed to UNC in July over scholarship offers from Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, Rutgers and Kansas State, among others.

"I don't know what it was," Hanson said. "I guess it was the coaching staff, the idea of being able to play football at that program as well as go to school at the University of North Carolina, which presents me with so many good opportunities that only a fool wouldn't want to take advantage of."

Since the quarterback is typically the keystone of a recruiting class, Hanson's primary recruiter, John Shoop, has kept him updated on UNC's recruiting efforts.

"Coach Shoop talked to me through a lot of what they're doing and sort of let me know – in some cases gave me a little heads up," Hanson said. "… I did keep up with [recruiting] and I do know a lot of the guys that were committed for awhile. On my official [visit] I got to meet a lot of those guys. Some of the guys that were undecided, I talked to a little bit."

During both his junior and senior years, Hanson led Latin to its second and third consecutive NCSIAA State Championships. As a senior he was named to the All-State team as he completed 173-of-253 passes for 2,928 yards and 41 touchdowns on the year. He also added three rushing touchdowns.

During the winter season, Hanson is playing forward for Latin's basketball team.

"It's going pretty good," Hanson said. "I'm starting to do a little more. Our other big guy got hurt so that has opened up things for me. I actually scored 22 points the other night. I hit some shots. I'm really just having fun."

After basketball season, Hanson will focus on the preparation of his UNC career.

"I'm going to lift [weights] and I talked to Coach Shoop and he said they'll give me a workout schedule that I can do," Hanson said. "One of my assistant coaches, he just got out of football. He's been showing me what I'll have to do [on the collegiate level workout-wise]."

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