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Recruiting: Justice Hansen follows his father's footsteps to Oklahoma

Hansen's father, Dusty, a former Sooner baseball player, felt it was only fair to let his son make his own path.
by Jacob Unruh Published: January 30, 2014

EDMOND — There was always the risk that Edmond Santa Fe quarterback Justice Hansen would end up somewhere other than Oklahoma.

For Dusty Hansen, though, that didn't matter.

The former Sooners baseball standout felt it only fair to let his son make his own path, as tough as that could be watching him in a different jersey on Saturdays.

“I'm not the kind of guy that's going to make a decision for a kid,” Dusty said. “I don't think that's fair. Secondly, I didn't know as much about the football side of it as I would say baseball. Justice was going to be playing with one of four or five of some of the best football programs in the nation. I think it's better if he knows why he's making the decision for himself.”

Justice eventually chose the Sooners, ultimately following in his father's footsteps, though in a different sport.

Though he's already enrolled at OU and working out with the team, Justice will return to Edmond Santa Fe on National Signing Day next week. It's there a former Sooner will watch his son officially become a Sooner, continuing to build on the legacy he's been prepared for over the years.

“He just helped me through the whole process and helped me get to where I had Division I offers,” Justice said of his dad. “Now, it's in my own hands.”

For the Hansens, it's been a long, grinding process watching Justice develop into a future quarterback for the Sooners.

It started in the fifth grade.

“I know one of the first times when we sat down, we had a serious talk,” Justice said. “You always need a plan, so we sat down and talked about what my goals are and what I want to do. It was getting to Division I football and being the best I can there.

“So we sat down there and hashed out a plan of how we were going to do that. He's helped me do that through the whole way, he's told me how hard I have to work.”

There were strenuous workout regimens set. There were diets established. There were also a lot of sink-or-swim moments.

Dusty said he never meddled much with Justice's coaches, instead telling him to make his own way on the field. He also placed Justice in higher age groups at camps.

“I would want him to be in those situations because what I was trying to build, I think, is his own confidence,” Dusty said. “In camps and combines and stuff like that, I would put him in specific events that I knew would make him feel extremely uncomfortable. So when you're uncomfortable and nobody's there to save you, you have a decision to make: ‘Do I just get through this or do I rise up and compete?'”

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by Jacob Unruh
Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the...
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