Louis Hansen, Wolverine

Louis Hansen, Wolverine


April 2, 2020
Needham (MA) St. Sebastian’s TE Louis Hansen (image via Boston Herald)

Needham (MA) St. Sebastian’s tight end Louis Hansen committed to Michigan on Thursday afternoon. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Florida, Georgia, LSU, and Ohio State, among others.

Hansen is listed at 6’4″ and 222 lbs. As a junior in 2019, he caught 39 passes for 548 yards.

RANKINGS
ESPN: 3-star TE
Rivals: 4-star, 5.9 grade, #4 TE, #66 overall
247 Sports: 3-star, 88 grade, #13 TE

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Hansen was offered early by numerous schools after his sophomore year. More offers rolled in after his junior season, and he was planning to take a bunch of visits this spring. He did make it to Michigan, but a lot of his other visits got canceled. Despite not releasing a list of top schools like many recruits do, he just went ahead and committed to Jim Harbaugh privately and then scheduled a public announcement for 1:00 p.m. this afternoon.

Hansen is a solid prospect. The thing I like best about him is his ball skills. He tracks the ball well in the air, can adjust his body on the fly to make catches on bad throws, and shows the ability to be physical when fighting for the ball. He can go up and high point the ball. He is also a willing blocker who does a good job of driving his feet, and he has the athleticism to latch onto second-level defenders. Eventually, he should have the bulk to handle being an in-line tight end as well.

What Hansen lacks are the physical traits to really separate himself from other tight ends or, frankly, defenders. He’s not particularly tall, fast, or bulky. His level of competition is nothing special, and yet he does not pull away from defensive backs or even linebackers.

Overall, Hansen is a fine prospect. Is he a difference maker at the next level? I don’t believe so. Could he come in to Michigan and maintain the status quo? Sure. He could be Sean McKeon with a little better ball skills.

When Hansen arrives in 2021, Nick Eubanks will be gone and the Wolverines will have Luke Schoonmaker (RS Jr.), Erick All (Jr.), and Matt Hibner (So.) on the roster. Michigan is planning to take at least two tight ends in the class, with the staff going hard after Thomas Fidone.

Hansen would be the first signee to come from St. Sebastian’s, but Michigan has recruited Massachusetts hard in recent years, landing the aforementioned McKeon, along with wide receiver Mike Sainristil, wide receiver Eamonn Dennis, linebacker Kalel Mullings, and offensive guard Zak Zinter.

TTB Rating: I will not be giving out ratings for 2021 until I wrap up the 2020 class.

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    je93
    Apr 02, 2020 at 7:43 PM

    I wonder if the reduction in visits will lead to more transfers later. I know this kid did make it to campus, but I’m talking nationally. Transfers are already common, just wonder if not spending a bunch of time on campus & around coaches/players will cause an increase

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    Extrajuice
    Apr 02, 2020 at 8:24 PM

    I’m shocked by his ratings. I’m also wondering if he’s been to camps, had evaluations there and if he is actually almost 6’5″. Like Thunder said, he doesn’t seem to be that tall because 6’5″ is typically tall enough for TE in college or pros, which makes me think he’s not. With the below avg competition he was facing I’m guessing all those kids aren’t just slightly shorter than him.

    My biggest concern is his lack of speed or explosiveness. Not only does he not seem fast, he seems SLOW. Granted, 6’5″ kids typically aren’t fast but he really uses every muscle in his body to get going. His arms are swinging, head down but not much separation or and very little of him breaking through tackles. On the plus side, he looks like he’s technical, trying to do the little things to hold a DB away from him or making an attempt to juke a defender but he still lacks the athletic ability. I think a smaller McKeon with better hands is a very good comparison. On a TTB rating scale he’s a 65 for me.

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