Hansel talks about verbal to Ball State

Sighting a great game day atmosphere and the Cardinals desire to compete at a high level despite a bad record this year, Simon Kenton (KY) OG Jordan Hansel chose Ball State over some major offers.

All it took was two visits to Muncie and Jordan Hansel was sold.

The 6-4 290 Offensive Guard from Simon Kenton High School in Independence, KY got a chance to see to Ball State games in person this year, including the loss Saturday (on Halloween) to Ohio, but just being in the atmosphere was enough to make him want to be a Cardinal.

"I loved the atmosphere there on game days," Hansel said. "I know they aren't doing as well this year, but the fans still show up and I love knowing that I am going to a town that enjoys football and supports their college football team like they do there.

"The game (Saturday) was a blast. The Ohio game was my second one up there and it was Halloween. I enjoyed being up there with the players and I knew that was a place I wanted to be."

The Cardinals were able to land Hansel over some very solid competition as he reported offers from Big East Conference school Louisville along with FCS powerhouses Murray State and Appalachian State.

Hansel also shared a little about what Cardinal fans can expect out of him.

"I'd say my strengths as an Offensive Lineman are that I have good footwork and I pull well," Hansel said. "That is our bread and butter in high school. We run a lot of plays were I pull and get blocks on the second level. I'd say the thing I need to work on the most is I need to get a bigger and stronger."

With his college decision out of the way, Hansel can now focus 100% of attention on leading the Pioneers to a state title. Simon Kenton enters the Kentucky State Playoffs Friday night against Butler with a 9-1 record on the season.

"Our expectations are to win the state title, obviously," Hansel said. "But we know we have to come out Friday and play our hearts out and never underestimate our opponents."

Stay tuned to BallStateInsider.com as we follow Jordan through the Kentucky State Playoffs.

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