The CSU offensive line got a boost Friday morning when it received a verbal commitment from Longmont High School offensive tackle Justin Hansen.
Hansen, with a 6-foot-4, 287-pound body frame, had held the Rams as his No. 1 choice for most of the summer, but wanted to attend camps at CU-Boulder, Wyoming, Kansas State, Utah and Washington before he made his final decision.
Ranked by Rivals.com and the No. 11 player in the state of Colorado from the class of 2011, Hansen is a 3-star prospect. He also held an offer from San Diego State and had greyshirt opportunities from CU and Washington.
In the end, Hansen still favored the Rams.
â€œI really liked their football program, especially the coaches,â€ he said. â€œThey understand my needs as a player and what I need to work on. Theyâ€™re really willing to help me. Plus, what they offer athletes for academics with tutoring and help for the classroom. I really liked that.â€
According to Hansen, his best attribute as an offensive lineman is his versatility. A strong pass blocker, he said heâ€™s also good at pulling around the end to block for his running backs.
Though currently listed as a tackle for the Longmont Trojans, Hansen will likely play guard at CSU in the fall of 2011.
Hansen becomes the second known commitment of the Ramsâ€™ 2011 recruiting class with Bryan Bosworth, a defensive tackle from Cape Coral, Fla.
Sports Editor Matt L. Stephens is a Senior Recruiting Analyst at GoldandGreenNews.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.