EDMOND — Justice Hansen kept it short and sweet with the Edmond Santa Fe crowd.
The quarterback has spent the past few weeks on Oklahoma's campus after enrolling this spring, so returning Wednesday for National Signing Day was just a formality.
But as he sat with four other teammates, he had a chance to reflect on his time with the Wolves.
“This isn't going to take long,” Hansen said in his opening statement to the crowd.
He thanked God, his coaches, family, friends and fans. Somewhere in those 29 seconds, though, he found a way to thank the school trainers he became all too familiar with last season.
Hansen missed five games in the fall due to injuries and he's still recovering from a high ankle sprain he suffered in mid-October. He said the ankle is fine, though he is receiving treatment from trainers at OU every day as he enters a position that thinned even more with the announcement Wednesday that Blake Bell is moving to tight end.
“I'm still icing it and things like that after workouts just to keep it healthy, but it's good,” Hansen said. “It is (frustrating), but they say it can be a little swollen for a long time, but it doesn't feel too bad.”
This season, Hansen threw for 966 yards and eight touchdowns, while rushing for 434 yards and 12 TDs.
Had he been healthy, his numbers could have increased like they had each previous year.
“The season he was having and the confidence our team exuded with him pulling the trigger his senior year, it was amazing what he was headed for midway through the year,” Edmond Santa Fe coach Lance Manning said.
The Sooners, meanwhile, got a big boost Wednesday with four-star receiver Michiah Quick and four-star lineman Orlando Brown Jr. signing, improving on an already strong class.
That impressed the four-star quarterback.
“It ended up turning out real well,” Hansen said with a big smile. “Our class is real tight and we all recruited all of the people. Coming into Oklahoma, you already know a lot of guys. You know me and then everybody else has been helping recruit.”
Still, for one more time, Hansen was focused on his old school before he returns for graduation in May.
“I haven't been back here in awhile, it feels like,” Hansen said. “It's cool seeing all my old friends and teachers and stuff.
“Just one more time to come back and see everybody.”