Nearly every weekend this fall, the same GMC Acadia has been on the road to a football game. Along with his father, Lord Botetourt (Va.) 2019 three-star guard Jesse Hanson (6-4, 290) has visited Clemson, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Virginia, West Virginia, Appalachian State and Liberty.
Hanson, Rivals.com’s No. 21 player in Virginia for 2019, has had plenty to take in as he’s seen more and more games as an offered recruit. Hanson added offer No. 8 on Thursday, from the Hokies. Now, it’s about weeding through what he’s taken in this fall, to get a better sense of his true options.
“I definitely look for the school, a nice degree that I can do whatever I want to,” Hanson said. “At some point football will stop, no matter how good you are. I look for a school I can compete at the highest level, a coaching staff that cares and can develop me to the best performing person I can be. For me, when I look at a campus, I like one that’s self-sustained, where I can tell on campus that the college is making the city.”
On Saturday, Hanson and his parents travelled in their Acadia to the latest school to offer, for Virginia Tech’s win over Pittsburgh. And for Hanson, it was a scene he’d long heard about.
“It was definitely unique,” he said. “I had never been to a game day. I went in the spring and to camp. Growing up 45 min away, you hear everything about it. Everyone is a VT, UVA or WVU fan. It was definitely awesome seeing the entrance for the first time. That was impressive.”
Having an offer in hand also gave Hanson a different perspective. It’s an offer he said he’d long sought, but didn’t quite expect.
“It definitely makes the decision harder,” he said. “There’s more to consider. It was definitely exciting. I was a little caught off guard. I was...
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