C.J. Hanson “de-” and then recommitted to the Scarlet Knights this past fall. OTB original post when he announced his commitment in June here. He officially signed Wednesday.
Hanson played high school ball with current Rutgers offensive linemen Micah Clark and Jamaal Beaty. C.J. also earned accolades as a Lacrosse goalie. He has the size to play tackle but athleticism to play guard. Whenever he ends up playing along the offensive line, Hanson has the potential to be a difference maker due to his agility. Originally listed at 285 when he committed, he now lists himself to be 300 pounds so it may take less time for him to be game ready. On the highlights he shoves opponents backwards like you want to see from a HS lineman, but occasionally is bailed out by his brute strength when he doesn’t stay low enough.
Position: OL (6’5”, 285 lbs.)
High School: St. John Vianney
Hometown: Jackson, NJ
Most notable other offers: Syracuse, Virginia
Hanson arrives at Rutgers to an offensive line group that has a lot of bodies, but needs to add difference makers. Until Rutgers can establish a competent passing game, everyone on the offensive line needs to be at least an average run blocker with the athleticism to grow into a pass protector. Remember that offensive linemen usually take at least until their second, more often their third, and sometimes even their 4th year in the program to really contribute.
Worst case: Nick Krimin (not yet at his potential)
Most likely: Taj Alexander
Best case: Mike Fladell
Check out his highlights below:
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