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Hawkeyes Impress Daine Hanson During Junior Day Visit

January 30, 2020

Written by Rob Howe

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Iowa stepped forward with a scholarship offer last month for rising defensive end prospect Daine Hanson. Sunday he checked out campus for the first time during the Hawkeyes’ junior day.

It provided Hanson and his family an opportunity for getting to know the school, program and coaches better. They took advantage of it.

“During the Iowa visit, what stood out to me was definitely the photoshoot and meeting (head) coach (Kirk) Ferentz individually,” Hanson told HN. “Getting to know him personally a bit and for us to give him some personal information on ourselves was great. The academic and football success the team also stood out. I always knew they had major success but just hearing stat after stat was crazy for sure.”

Iowa State and Northern Illinois also offered Hanson (6-7, 240) scholarships last month. Illinois, Michigan State, Nebraska and Miami (Ohio) have shown him interest. He visited the Cyclones on Saturday and has set up a trip to Notre Dame for this weekend.

“(The Hawkeyes) started recruiting me a bit after Iowa State offered me. The relationship has grown significantly with coach Ferentz and coach (Kelvin) Bell,” Hanson said.

The La Grange Park (IL) Nazareth Academy junior sees them as a prime option.

“If I chose Iowa, it would be somewhat of a perfect fit for me. I don’t know much about their defense just that they are really aggressive and I love playing that way – aggressive and fast,” he said.

Bell, the defensive line coach, spent the most time with Hanson among the staff members.

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“We talked about what it takes to be an Iowa Hawkeye and certain traits you must possess to be a successful, like trust, honesty, grit, work-ethic, etc.,” Hanson said.

Hanson is looking for a college campus on which he feels comfortable. That’s a priority ahead of football.

“I can really fit into any defensive scheme or techniques, and I’m willing to learn new ones for sure. My relationship with the coaches will be important, meshing with their personalities in general,” he said.

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Hanson is considering a major in Computer Science but isn’t set on it. Like choosing a football program, he’s still gathering information and open to ideas.

“I would like my recruitment to keep being steady and progressive, but right now I love where I’m at. I would love more offers and options, but I like staying patient and seeing what my future may hold this summer or going into the season,” he said.

“I would like to make a decision probably in the summer or right when the season starts, but I’ve been mostly thinking of keeping my recruitment open for as long as possible to see what other options I’ll have even if that means through the season.”

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Hanson is looking for a return trip to Iowa for spring practice. He also could attend a Hawkeye team camp in the summer.

Rivals ranks Hanson as a three-star prospect.

Here’s a look at his junior highlights:

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