The evolution of Lord Botetourt (Va.) three-star offensive lineman Jesse Hanson continues. And it’s not just as a lineman. It’s an approach that includes what he’s doing away from the field, and his mindset.
Hanson (6-foot-4, 290 pounds), Rivals.com’s No. 13 guard and No. 8 player in Virginia for 2019, is up to nine offers, the most recent from North Carolina. He’s also become an accomplished wrestler, and with his recruitment, he’s continued to learn what he needs to be shopping for.
As a heavyweight, Hanson said he’s grown to appreciate wrestling. It’s helped him in football and also satisfied his drive for competition.
“The main reason is everyone wants multiple sport athletes,” Hanson said. “It’s the one sport that’s still contact, competitive and still gives you a good workout. Little did I know it was the hardest sport I’ll ever be a part of. You go practice and feel like you’re going to die. It definitely helps with everything in football. You can win or lose just with leverage. It helps knowing your body, being flexible, knowing strength. Conditioning is ridiculous. I started losing weight like I expected, but I started gaining it back slowly. It’s not as much fat as it is muscle. Every day, it’s conditioning from a constant movement standpoint.”
Hanson said he’s grown accustomed to the challenge wrestling has presented.
“This year was the first that people were asking me if I really wanted to wrestle,” he said. “That was something to think about, but coaches said, ‘you only get to be a high schooler once.’ It keeps correlating so the risk of anything bad happening,...
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