Hanson, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, signed with the Tar Heels after being a member of their verbal commitment list since last July.
With Hanson starting at forward, Latin's boys basketball team posted a 22-7 record and earned a first round bye into the NCISAA 3A Playoffs. Hanson averaged 10 points per-game on the year.
"We had a great time," Hanson said. "We had a bunch of good guys on the team and we all had fun. We ended up losing our first playoff game, but looking back on it we all had a fun year."
Following the basketball season, Hanson picked up the workout regiment the UNC coaching staff sent his way. It has helped him get into the 200-205 pound range, after weighing in at 190 pounds last spring.
"It's a little bit different [than what we do at Latin]," Hanson said. "I like the way it's divided, because it's focused on different muscle groups each time… It alternates, so that definitely helps me from getting too sore."
Already cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse, Hanson has been focusing on what summer classes he will take. He plans to arrive on campus June 16th.
Hanson has kept in regular contact with John Shoop, UNC's offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
"He just asks me how I'm going, says he can't wait for me to get there, and tells me to just keep working hard," Hanson said. "We talked a little bit about how much throwing I should do before [arriving on campus]. He said maybe two to three times a week: ‘Don't over do it, because you're going to do enough throwing in the summer.'"
The expectation is that Hanson will spend his freshman year as a red-shirt.
"I get asked that question a lot and I think my high school coach has pretty much come to the same conclusion," Hanson said. "I think [red-shirting] is definitely a possibility. I'm just not going to worry about it. I'm just going to do what they tell me to do."
One challenge that awaits is finding a jersey number.
"I felt like all the good jersey numbers have been taken," Hanson said. "I remember I was at a game last year and I went down the line and somebody had each jersey number I liked."