The rumors started to circulate on Friday that 2014 quarterback Justice Hansen would be making his college decision this weekend and that would come at either Oklahoma or Texas A&M's spring game. He would not reveal which he would be attending, but wherever he wound up would likely be his future college home.
Well, as first reported by Josh McCuistion of SoonerScoop.com Hansen made the trip to Norman instead of College Station and as a result the Sooners have their quarterback in this 2014 class.
Hansen and Oklahoma co-offensive coordinator Josh Heupel have been close for some time and as we've told you before, Hansen comes from a family of lifelong OU fans. For some time it seemed almost inevitable that he'd eventually commit to Oklahoma. He was OU's only offer at the position and Heupel clearly made him the No. 1 priority in this class. However, Kevin Sumlin and the Aggies have a momentum that very few can contain and they made a very serious push to steal Hansen away from the long favored Sooners. So much so that even as of Friday, there was legitimate concern on the part of Sooner Nation that Hansen would spurn them much like OU legacy Justin Manning did last February.
Alas, with the news Saturday of Hansen's commitment history was not destined to repeat itself. In Hansen, the Sooners keep one of the state's top players close to home and can now shut things down at the quarterback position in this 2014 class. Hansen is very much in the mold of the type of quarterback has favored in recent recruiting classes in that he's a guy very capable of making plays outside of the pocket with his legs. He has a strong arm and a smooth delivery and plays in a system very similar to what we expect Oklahoma to employ going forward.
Make no mistake, while Hansen had been an OU lean since the beginning this is still a big commitment for the Sooners. Not just because of Hansen's talent, but even more so because they're keeping him in-state. It would have set a very bad precedent if Hansen had chosen Texas A&M. Oklahoma needed a little recruiting momentum in this 2014 class and they got some with the news of Hansen's addition.
Welcome to Sooner Nation, Justice!