EDMOND — When Justice Hansen was just getting started in football, he planned on growing up to star at Shattuck, just like his father and uncles before him.
“I did,” Hansen said. “They've got the tomahawk chop and all the tradition there. That's where I wanted to play.”
Hansen's grandfather, Jarel Hansen, was a longtime coach of the Indians and was inducted into the Oklahoma Coaches Association Hall of Fame.
His father, Dusty, was a three-sport All-State athlete at Shattuck and went on to play for Oklahoma's 1994 national championship baseball team.
His uncle, Troy Bullard, coached the Indians to seven state championships at the school.
But Justice Hansen, now a junior, is starring on a bigger stage as Edmond Santa Fe's quarterback.
Friday, Hansen will lead the Wolves in their Class 6A playoff opener against Putnam City North at 7 p.m. at Wantland Stadium on the University of Central Oklahoma campus.
“It's neat; he's kind of a product of Shattuck,” Bullard said. “If he was still here, I don't know if he'd been getting the kind of attention he's getting now, but it's fun to watch wherever he is.”
Hansen (6-foot-3, 200 pounds) already has offers from Arkansas and Missouri. More figure to be coming his way soon.
Most every day when the mail comes, it's a chore for Kara Hansen.
“I open it for him and lay it out for him to look at,” Justice's mom said.
After he's done with it, Kara files the letters away by school.
The Alabama and Florida State folders are the thickest, she said, and LSU and Oregon aren't far behind.
“He's handled a lot of the recruiting on his own,” Dusty said. “Justice is a very well-educated kid. He knows how to talk to coaches. He's been in so many events and combines and things like that, I think he gets it.”
Hansen gets more than just handling the recruiting grind.
“I probably shouldn't get a paycheck for coaching Justice to be honest with you,” Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “People wondered after last year as a sophomore if he was going to be able to duplicate that. A lot of times it doesn't happen, but I think he's well surpassed that, physically and mentally.”
In helping the Wolves to a 9-1 regular season, Hansen has thrown for 2,545 yards and 32 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He's also ran for 670 yards and 12 scores.
“He's so much better of an athlete than I was,” Dusty said. “Plus, he's got the height. He's one of those kids that's kind of a self motivator. You don't have to tell him to do anything, he does it himself. He's driven by his own ambitions.”
Hansen also clicked almost immediately with Manning when he arrived from Norman North two years ago.
“He works with you through a lot of stuff rather than just sit there and tell you what to do,” Hansen said. “It's one thing for someone to tell you to do something, but it's another when they sit there and explain it and show you why you're doing something.”
The learning goes both ways between the two.