Player Spotlight: Jens Danielsen

Andover Central High School's Jens Danielsen made a triangular shaped drive across the state of Kansas on the weekend of September 11th. First from his home in Andover to Lawrence to see Kansas defeat Georgia Tech. Layer he drove the hour and a half to Manhattan to see K-State defeat Missouri State.

"I arrived a little late coming from the KU game," said Jens Danielsen. "We got to go on the field and meet the coaches and players. Then we got to tour the Vanier Football Complex. It was a great atmosphere. I have been to K-State game before, but it was exciting to get to sit and watch from a different angle as a recruit being brought in. Not many kids get to have that opportunity."

Danielsen, a 6-5, 275, offensive lineman, is getting heavy consideration from KU and K-State as well as Air Force, and Missouri State.

"At KU, I have a close relationship with their coaching staff," Danielsen said. "I speak with Coach (Vic) Shealy often. They are looking at me at guard, possibly tackle if I continue to grow."

As a senior, Danielsen plays both right tackle and defensive tackle for the Andover Central Jaguars. Originally a tight end, Danielsen broke his hand during his sophomore season and the coaches moved him to the line where he has been ever since.

"Kansas State hasn't told me if they want me at guard or tackle," Danielsen said. "I've been up twice this season for games. I kind of grew up a Wildcat fan. I have two older brothers who go there, so it's a place I'm pretty familiar with. I'm a good friend of Boston Stiverson (Andover Central teammate and K-State commitment)."

"I'm really impressed with their tradition, and that they have a legend on their coaching staff in Coach Snyder. I like Coach Joe Bob (Clements) and Coach (Charlie) Dickey. I'm all about family and like that they try to have a family atmosphere with the football program. Plus, it's close to home. I went to the Missouri State game with my parents, and we had a great experience."

Danielsen camped this summer at Northern Iowa, North Texas, and Colorado State. While in Colorado he got a chance to visit another school expressing serious attention in the Air Force Academy.

"The Air Force likes me at guard in their offense," Danielsen said. "I haven't had a chance to visit for a game yet, but the plan now is to be there October 2nd when they play Navy."

Stiverson and Danielsen make quite an imposing pair on Andover Central offensive line. So far the Jaguars are 2-1 on the season going into Friday's match-up with Valley Center.

"I'm very aggressive, finish out blocks, play physical, and with a chip on my shoulder," says Danielsen of his game. "I don't want to give up any sacks. I want to lead the team in pancake blocks. And I don't want to have any penalties. My goal is to play my best and help my team make the playoffs."

Andover Central finished 4-6 last season with a first round playoff loss to archrival Andover. They play in the state's 5A Division in the Arkansas Valley- Chisholm Trail Division II.

"Right now I'm focused on the season," said Danielsen. "I'm going to wait awhile to make a decision on college until after the season. I just want to be in a place I'm comfortable, that offers a good education, and can help me become the best athlete I can be as well as a good person.

"I have a few ideas for a major, but I'd like to do something in fitness because I'd like to go to Chiropractor school. I think it would be cool being a Chiropractor."

Danielson, an excellent student, reports a cumulative GPA of 3.6 with a 4.0 so far in this current school year. He is No. 71 for the Jaguars. This coming weekend he plans to attend the Kansas-New Mexico State game in Lawrence.

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