"They mostly said it was because I was big, athletic and I finished my plays and was just a nasty player," Hanson said. "They really like aggressive offensive lineman."
Hanson said he's very interested in Oregon and thinks they can give him a platform to reach a higher level.
"They're one of the best programs in the nation so that has a lot to do with it," Hanson said. "And they put a lot of players to the next level too."
The staff has told Hanson they'll take a closer look at him during the evaluation period.
"They said that they would come down about the middle of May," Hanson said.
Claiming offers from Cal and Arizona, Hanson said the Golden Bears, Washington State and Fresno State are the programs recruiting him the hardest at this point, with Boise State also showing heavy interest. Having only visited Cal and Colorado, he has tentative plans to take another trip in June.
"The only school I plan on visiting is probably Oregon," Hanson said. "I'm actually going to be in Oregon for a wedding in June. Me and my friends were just thinking about driving over there the day after the wedding."
The next event on Hanson's schedule in the Nike SPARQ Combine at Laney College in Oakland on May 17.