Months of speculation ended Saturday afternoon as ESPN Watch List quarterback Justice Hansen (Edmond, Okla./Santa Fe) confirmed he has committed to the Sooners on his unofficial visit for OU’s spring game.
Hansen picked OU over Texas A&M and offers from schools such as Ole Miss, Auburn and Kansas State. He said earlier this week he was going to make his decision at the spring game, but it was unknown if it would be for OU or A&M.
Hansen first appeared on the radar for OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel when Hansen was a freshman. Hansen has camped at OU the last two summers and has been a frequent visitor to campus for games the last two seasons.
Any doubt about how OU felt regarding Hansen was removed in February when OU offered Hansen at junior day. He was the only quarterback offer at the time and is still the only quarterback offer.
Heupel won’t have to make any more.
The Sooners were the clear favorite until the Aggies entered the race in January. Hansen took an unofficial visit to College Station, Texas, last month. A&M made a great impression, but the Sooners were never too far from his mind.
“He handled this process so well,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “He never felt any pressure. If you spent time with him this week, you would have had no idea he was getting ready to make such a huge decision.”
Hansen’s A&M visit opened his eyes that there is more out there than what’s in the state. But he also realized his position. As much as he wanted to wait it out more and get a better feel of what’s out there, he felt he couldn’t.
To be fair to the Aggies and Sooners, he wanted to make his decision as soon as he felt he was comfortable. Saturday was that time.
Hansen is the fourth in-state quarterback to pledge to the Sooners during Bob Stoops’ tenure. Jason White (Tuttle) and Sam Bradford (Oklahoma City Putnam City North) each won the Heisman Trophy, and Kendal Thompson is a sophomore at OU.
“He knows what it means to be a quarterback at OU from Oklahoma,” Manning said. “He’s not going to be afraid of that.”