Oklahoma football: Edmond Santa Fe's Justice Hansen quietly preparing for Sooner career

SUPER 30 — Except for two camps, the future OU quarterback has worked all summer with his coaches.
by Ryan Aber Published: July 24, 2013

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.

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by Ryan Aber
Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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