Virginia DB commits to West Point

Virginia DB commits to West Point

A month ago Richard Hanson went to the one-day West Point camp and solidified his offer with a position MVP performance. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound defensive back from Prince George, Va. said he knew when Coach Jeff Monken offered him on that visit that he would eventually commit to the program. He did so this week to area recruiter, Jay Bateman.

"When I was there for camp [at west Point] they told a few of us to come back for a special tour," Hanson told ArmySports.com. "I went off-campus for about ten minutes and came back and took the tour. After the tour, I was invited into Coach Monken's office and that's when I received the offer. He said they really liked the way I play in press or man coverage, that was something they would like to do more of in coming seasons with the right personnel. He also said they liked my character.

"Ever since I talked to Coach Monken that day in his office I've known I wanted to go to West Point. I just wanted to come back home and do my research. I have a cousin who recently finished up at West Point so I wanted to talk to her about it. I talked to some family friends who went there as well and I've heard nothing but good things. I was in Myrtle Beach with my family and we went to an all-you-can-eat seafood restaurant. My bell was full and I was feeling good and I said to my mom, 'I think I'm ready to commit'. She said, 'if you want to, you should'.

"I called Coach Bateman and said, "I'm ready to accept the offer'. He was extremely happy to take it. Later that night I heard from my position coach, Coach Mitjans, and he told me I made his day. It's a great opportunity with football and an education that will set you up for life. I'm from a family with a very military background. My grandfather was a Lieutenant Colonel and served for more than 30 years in the Army. I also have uncles. I feel like I'm ready to serve and up for the challenge as well."

While Army was the only school that had offered Hanson at the time of his commitment he was also hearing from ODU, VMI, Campbell, Cornell, and Columbia.

Last season at Prince George High School in the Richmond area, Hanson only allowed two completions in the first eight games of the season and went on to be named First Team All-Conference. He's currently in the process of retaking the SAT to go into the U.S. Military Academy directly after high school.

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