June 24, 2007

SoCal QB makes his college decision

A week ago, Tyler Hansen was a relatively unknown quarterback prospect with one scholarship offer on the table from Idaho State. But after showing well at Colorado's summer camp early last week and the Elite 11 Regional Quarterback Camp in Las Vegas on Saturday, Hansen has quickly shed the "sleeper" label.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pound quarterback from Temecula (Calif.) Chaparral picked up his first BCS Conference scholarship offer from Colorado midway through last week. It did not take Hansen long to decide he wanted to play his college football in Boulder.

"I comitted to Colorado on Friday," he explained. "I went to camp at Colorado one day last week and they said they liked me a lot. Coach Eric Kiesau offered me a scholarship.

"Then a couple days later I was driving from a workout in Utah to the Elite 11 camp in Las Vegas and I was talking to my parents about the offer from Colorado and I called my head coach, Tom Leach. Everyone thought it was the perfect situation for me

"So I called up Coach Dan Hawkins and he accepted my commitment. I had a little interest in Colorado before and I just fell in love with everything about it when I went out there for the camp. I got to workout with Coach Mark Helfrich and he is awesome.

"I am sold on Colorado and now I can relax and just focus on my senior season."

Boise State, Utah and Oregon were other programs that had shown recruiting interest in Hansen.

"He was really consistent all camp long," Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jeremy Crabtree said of Hansen's performance at the Elite 11 Regional Camp on Saturday. "He was definitely one of those guys you had to ask who the heck is he, and where did he come from.

"I know he got a lot of attention from Bob Johnson, the quarterback coach at the camp. He was very complimentry to him, and I can see why. CU's getting a solid player. We'll need to see film before we rank him, but I definitely felt he was one of the biggest surprises in the camp."

Hansen, who clocked in with a 4.69-forty at the Los Angeles NIKE Training Camp in April, threw for 2,248 yards and 21 touchdowns as a junior. He also rushed for six touchdowns.

"I have a really strong arm; I can put good velocity on the ball," Hansen expressed. "And I have good footwork. I can take the snap and drop back quickly. Those are my best two attributes."

A good student, Hansen maintains a 3.3 grade point average and he scored 1450 on the SAT.

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