DAVIE – Defensive end Matt Hanson made the bold move to transfer from South Plantation to district rival Western this off-season.

After three years at South Plantation, Hanson will be playing his senior season for head coach Adam Ratkevich and the Wildcats. A coaching change and a lack of chemistry forced his move to a new school. It just so happened to be a rival in Class 8A-District 12.

At 6’3″, 245 lbs., Hanson is up 15 lbs. from his junior year. He recorded seven sacks last season which clearly didn’t please him too much.

“My season last year was not up to my goals,” Hanson told Prep Sports Scouting. “I wanted more sacks and tackles for loss. I wanted another touchdown. This year, I have a good defensive line coach and he’s teaching me all these solid fundamentals.”

Set to start his fourth year at defensive end, Hanson is embracing his role as a leader and captain at Western.

“They’ve always had a good team. They’ve just needed some defensive skill. Me and another transfer Ken Oliver, we are unstoppable off the edge. Especially with the coaching that we are getting it’s very good. We are getting better each and every day. We call ourselves the ‘Twin Towers.'”

Considering Hanson started playing football in 8th grade, he’s made huge strides to where he is now. He says he always liked football as a kid but didn’t think his dad had the funds for it. Then one night he talked to him and his dad signed him up.

“I keep on achieving my goals each and every year. My freshman year through junior year it was straight YouTube. Now I’m getting taught by a good coach and I’m learning stuff. So I’m improving a lot.”

He says he gained confidence in a 19-13 victory over Monarch as a freshman. Hanson had four sacks and a defensive touchdown in that game.

As for his biggest strengths, he pointed to his speed rush off the edge. He wants to improve his overall strength and his spin move.

Currently, Hanson has three offers from Iowa State, FAU and Southern Mississippi.

Western Kentucky, Minnesota, UCF and Virginia Tech have all shown interest in the 2017 prospect.

Hanson visited both Southern Miss and FAU a couple weeks ago.

He says he’s leaning towards Southern Miss simply because he loved the atmosphere, coaching staff and facilities. They see him as both a defensive end and defensive tackle.

Hanson is excited to play for his new school because of the coaching staff. Coach Ratkevich is someone that he looks up to.

“Coach Rat is a very good man. I respect him. He’s doing a whole bunch for me.”

Hanson called his dad his biggest role model in his life.

“He’s always pushing me for my goals. I can talk to him about anything. He’s always looking out for me and he’s just a good person.”

His goals after high school are to play college football and be the best defensive player on his team. He wants to make it to the NFL and plans to sport management in college.

Hanson is a humble kid who puts high expectations on himself. Playing within the district will be fun to watch as the rivalry strengthens further between South Plantation and Western.

This is a big year for Matt Hanson who is destined to improve under a solid coaching staff at Western. Keep an eye on this young man.

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Quick Hitters

Favorite player to watch – Texans DE J.J. Watt, Chargers DE Joey Bosa, Colts DE Trent Cole
Playlist before games – Future, Kodak Black
Favorite movie – Central Intelligence
Fun fact about you that you think no one knows – “I’m a sleeper. People that know football, scouts, players and coaches need to wake up.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Matty Ice”

Game film: Hanson’s Hudl tape

Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.

If you have any questions or comments feel free to write below or email Jake at jake.perper@hotmail.com.

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