Hanson Commits To UNC

Inside Carolina has confirmed that Braden Hanson, a 6-6, 195-pound rising senior quarterback from Charlotte (N.C.) Latin, has committed to the Tar Heels.

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    "Braden committed to the University of North Carolina yesterday afternoon," his father, Bryan, told IC.

    Hanson selected UNC over offers from Wisconsin, Missouri, Colorado, Rutgers and Kansas State, among others.

    As a junior, Hanson completed over 70-percent of his passes (172-of-245) for 2,695 yards and 39 touchdowns with only 12 interceptions in leading Latin to the state title. He also added four more scores on the ground.

    "He's a pro-type pocket passer," said Larry McNulty, Latin's head football coach. "He's extremely accurate. He's very tough minded; he doesn't get down, when he throws a bad ball he bounces right back. For a big tall kid, he looks like he's not moving very well, but he's escapability is better than people give him credit for."

    Scout.com analyst Miller Safrit evaluated Hanson at multiple combines this spring and ranks him among the Top 20 quarterback prospects in the nation,

    "With Hanson, he is a quarterback with excellent fundamentals in his throwing motion and reminds me some of Ken Dorsey when he was at Miami," Safrit said. "He is without a doubt a great leader in the pocket for Charlotte Latin, and his teammates consistently speak of how they look to him for leadership. I would expect that to continue at North Carolina as the Tar Heels now have two straight years with solid quarterbacks coming into the program."

    Safrit authored the following scouting report on Hanson - "Big left-handed quarterback, understands how to use size to his advantage. Strong arm is there, but you see him using a lot of touch, especially trying to dump passes on the seam over linebackers, and spins it very well. Can hit the 20-out with consistency into a small window. Runs a varied offense. Can take a drop effectively from shotgun or under center and sets up quickly. Stands tall in the pocket. Good release point."

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