Oklahoma QB commit's work pays off helping land 4-star wide receiver
[dropcap]J[/dropcap]ustice Hansen, Oklahoma’s top — and only — quarterback target, pulled the trigger for the Sooners on Saturday before the spring game.
Though his own recruitment might have been over, Hansen’s work on the recruiting trail was just beginning.
Hansen, a 4-star prospect and the nation’s No. 5 pro style quarterback by Rivals.com, immediately started recruiting the players that will surround him the Sooners’ 2014 class.
He didn’t have to wait long for that work to pay off, as La Mirada (Calif.) High wide receiver Dallis Todd followed suit and committed to Oklahoma Monday afternoon.
Both Hansen and Todd visited Norman this weekend, and the two spent a significant of time together. Todd joined Hansen’s family for dinner, and apparently the conversation went very well.
Todd looks like a great fit for the Sooners. At 6-foot-5, 210 pounds, he may look like at first glance like a possession receiver, but his film indicates otherwise. His physical gifts are obvious and he does a nice job using his size and strength to his advantage, but he has plus hands and better-than-expected speed.
A 4-star prospect by Rivals, Todd is listed as the No. 25 wide receiver prospect in the country and No. 202 recruit overall. However, those position and national rankings appear to be undervalued.
Not surprisingly, Todd had a national list of offers that included Notre Dame, Miami, Ohio State, Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Arizona, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, Texas Tech, and West Virginia among others. Ohio State was thought to be the Sooners’ primary competition.
His addition helps ease the sting of losing Texas City (Tex.) wide receiver Armanti Foreman, who decommitted from Oklahoma earlier this month. Oklahoma is still in the mix for Foreman, but Texas A&M and Florida look like the current favorites.
Jay Norvell, Oklahoma’s co-offensive coordinator and ace recruiter, recruited Foreman and played a key role in Todd’s pursuit. Jay Boulware, who was hired as tight ends coach and special teams coordinator on March 1, also recruited Todd.
Hansen (6-3, 200) is from Santa Fe High in Edmund, Okla., and was a lifelong Sooners fan. He had developed a strong relationship with OU quarterbacks coach Josh Heupel, but his decision wasn’t quite as simple as it might appear. Hansen also had a national list of offers, and Texas A&M worked very hard to make things interesting.
Hansen and Todd are the Sooners third and fourth verbal commitments, respectively, for 2014. Oklahoma’s other verbals, both from the state of Texas, are 4-star running back Samaje Perine (6-0, 213) from Pflugerville-Hendrickson and 3-star defensive back Vontre McQuinnie (6-1, 204) of Lancaster.
Below are Todd and Hansen’s junior year highlights: