EDMOND — The hopes of the West may reside in Edmond Santa Fe.
And it starts with elite recruit Justice Hansen at quarterback. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound Oklahoma commitment has been quiet this offseason, instead focusing on helping the Wolves work to knock off the East's Jenks or Tulsa Union.
“Hansen's numbers are getting better by the year,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said. “He could care less about that, he just wants to have a better football team and improve.”
By all accounts, Santa Fe may be better than last season.
The Wolves are inexperienced at receiver and in the secondary, but the other positions return a plethora of talent.
None may be more skilled than running back with a possible four-man platoon. Manning said senior Cameron Westbrook has had a strong offseason alongside sophomore Darren Williams. Transfers Ke'Marrie Carter and Michael Farmer — ranked No. 13 on The Oklahoman's Super 30 and recovering from an ACL injury — could also add depth.
It's a group that could change the identity of the team.
“We believe in being able to throw the football,” Manning said. “We shoot to be balanced and we want people to fear us running just as much as throwing.”