Idaho linebacker taking stock of Beaver offer

ONE NORTHWEST LINEBACKER who has been making some noise this offseason is Brandon Hanna out of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. The Lake City High standout holds a Beaver offer and after a recent visit to Corvallis, liked how personable and honest the OSU staff has been with him during his recruitment. The 6-3, 215 pounder with 4.5 speed also offered up some pretty candid insight of his own on the Beavs.

In addition to Oregon State, Hanna holds scholie offers from Boise State, Idaho and Idaho State. While most schools like Hanna at linebacker, Oregon State hasn't decided where he would best fit.

"I hear from coach (Bruce) Read fairly often," said Hanna. "They still weren't real sure on where I'd (play). I'm not sure what Oregon State thinks. I really liked it when I went down, they were pretty personal and they seem pretty honest."

Easy going and matter-of-fact, Hanna himself offered up an honest assessment of where he wants to line up at the next level.

"I'm not sure how much I really like the fact that (OSU) doesn't really know what spot they would have for me," said Hanna. "They said, 'You could end up as a d-end, you can obviously play linebacker, you could be a tight end.'"

Hanna laughed when asked about his interest level in playing with his hand down on the d-line, but he made it clear the position of defensive end doesn't hold nearly the same allure as does patrolling the middle of the defense.

"No, I'd like to play linebacker," he said.

OTHER SCHOOLS showing him the recruiting love include Oregon, Colorado and Washington State with the former two recruiting the hardest.

Hanna unofficially visited Boulder recently, coming away impressed by the campus and program. Hanna said Eugene reminds him of Coeur d'Alene in some respects, and WSU had hoped to see him at their camp but he was unable to schedule it in. He said his preference would be to stay in the northwest but it will ultimately come down to where he feels most comfortable. His future position coach and the state of the program will also factor in.

One place Hanna felt the high comfort level was at Boise State, where he recently camped for two days.

"Boise state went really well," said Hanna. "As soon as I showed up they made me feel really welcome, I had every coach come up and talked to me. I felt really at home there, it's probably where I've felt most comfortable."

Hanna said he remains open to everyone and hasn't yet narrowed his list. He'd hoped to hit the Oregon camp but was unable to fit it in. He hopes to make Oregon State's Preview Day.

He was recently tabbed the No. 2 linebacker in the Northwest Hot 100. Hanna is also the No. 17 prospect overall regardless of position in the region.

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