Plenty of offers (double-digit) in hand for Arlington (TX) Bowie athlete Russell Hansbrough. But as his senior season draws near, the Dallas/Fort Worth area back has his eyes primarily set on a particular Pac-12 program.
"Everything going good right now in the recruiting process. I have my school narrowed down to Arizona State," Hansbrough said. "I have a visit set up there for the (July) 29. I should make my commitment then."
BYU Baylor, Houston, Kansas State, SMU and Colorado are just a small number of the programs that have offered the 5-foot-8, 185-pound back. But it is the Sun Devils with a demanding lead over the rest.
Why is that?
"Simply they told me (Arizona State coaches) I could come and play early and the offense is similar to the one we run here (at Arlington Bowie)," Hansbrough said. "I'm real comfortable with that."
And it seems as though staying with running the football is what he will do on the next level, especially after running for nearly 1,000 yards in a shortened season. But one thing that separates Hansbrough from many others with his size and ability is the speed factor.
He has plenty of that.
"I feel better than I have all of my years playing football. I am the fastest I have ever been," Hansbrough said. "Coaches say that they want to get me out of the backfield, running and catching the ball. They want to get me behind those big linemen. I'm a small back who can still tote the ball."
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