EDMOND — If an Oklahoma quarterback commitment can fly under the radar, Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen has done it this summer.
Since committing to the Sooners in April, Hansen has laid low.
He participated in one Elite 11 event and a Nike event early in the summer but largely avoided going to camps and combines, choosing instead to stay close and work with both his school and personal coaches.
Though Hansen hasn't been in the spotlight, that hasn't slowed his work, both in preparation for his January arrival in Norman and his senior season with Santa Fe.
“As a quarterback, you can't throw for a little bit then take a few days off and go throw again,” Hansen said. “You need to at least throw, whether it's four or five passes or 100. You've just got to continue to throw every single day or if you can't throw, at least go through your motion and do all that stuff.”
Hansen (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) comes in at No. 4 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 recruit rankings for 2014.
One of Hansen's biggest points of emphasis this offseason has been mechanical consistency.
“His mechanics are good,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “And he had consistency but there was that one ball every once in awhile that didn't do what he wanted it to do or got away from him or he didn't bend his front leg or whatever.
“He's built a lot more consistency with that and his accuracy when he's hitting his receivers.”
Not only does Hansen work with Manning but he also spends time with former Wolves quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator Roger Pfeiffer.
“It's a lot of footwork stuff with him,” Hansen said. “And he's real good with mechanics, too. It's a ton of drills, tons of reputation and throwing routes.”
He's also spent plenty of time helping recruit for OU.
“I try as much as possible,” Hansen said. “I try to talk to some of the OU coaches and kind of see who we're recruiting and stuff like that. I don't just go after anybody myself because OU's good at — sometimes they won't always go after the biggest players, but it seems like they get people that fit the role that they're looking for.
“I just try to talk to them and see what they're looking for and then I'll reach out to them.”
Hansen still plans to graduate in December and enroll at Oklahoma for the spring semester so he can go through spring workouts with the Sooners.
That also means Hansen won't be playing basketball this winter.
“Usually during the spring is a period of time when I'm not throwing the football and a lot of what I've done the past few months is really trying to get comfortable throwing again,” Hansen said. “So another thing I'm excited about, unfortunately somewhat with not playing basketball, is that I won't be taking any time off from throwing the football.”
He's also plenty concerned about his senior season at Santa Fe.
“He hasn't tried to protect himself or lay off working hard and the things he used to do to get where he's at,” Manning said. “He continues to push and pick it up. I know he's proud that he's got a scholarship waiting on him, that he's going to get the opportunity to go to the University of Oklahoma as a quarterback on a full scholarship, but he's excited about high school football right now.
“There's kids some places that all they're worried about is using high school as an avenue to go to college. They don't really stop to appreciate their teammates and their coaches and they just kind of wish it away and he's not that way at all. He loves high school football, he loves Santa Fe High School and being a quarterback there.”