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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

It worked to near perfection as Justice developed into one of the state's top quarterbacks, passing for 6,645 yards and 69 touchdowns in his career. He also rushed for 1,741 yards and 34 touchdowns.

His senior season, though, was cut short due to injuries. He missed the season opener with a hamstring injury and then in October suffered a high ankle sprain that ended his season and still has him less than 100 percent entering the spring.

“To be honest, it was real frustrating because it's your senior year and you're wanting to go out big, but that's not always the plan,” Justice said. “There's not much you can do about it. All I could focus on was getting better, whether it was upper body, throwing while I'm hurt or whatever and also just working on healing this ankle.”

But once Justice started developing into a star, the Division I offers started pouring in.

Dusty, instead of pushing him toward the Sooners, sat down with Justice and discussed each school. They talked about the coach, the quarterback coach, the campus, etc.

Then finally, it came down to the Sooners, the university that has been so good to Dusty, who helped OU win the 1994 national baseball title.

“He's been with me through the recruiting process and everything, not even favoring anybody surprisingly,” Justice said. “Heck, if I have a kid and I'm OU, I'm not going to lie, I'll probably say some good things about OU. Just for him to be real with me and see everything through with me and help me make my decision, it meant a lot.”

With Justice already on campus, his chances of seeing playing action on Owen Field have already increased.

Even Dusty admits that day will be truly special.

“Him going to OU, I'm very proud of that,” Dusty said. “It's a fantastic university; it's something that my entire family bleeds crimson and cream. So it was very exciting for all of us.

“Being able to now watch him excel at OU and be on Owen Field one of these days, that will be a dream come true for not only him but us.”