KU commit anxious to contribute

Kansas City area offensive linemen Todd Haselhorst orally committed to Kansas back in August.

The 6'5" 290 pound Olathe East product was being pursued by a number of attractive schools including K-State and Nebraska. Haselhorst shares why he picked the Jayhawks.

"When I went to those places, I felt like the other schools didn't have anything more to offer."

Mark Mangino's offensive line made huge strides in 2003. After allowing 33 sacks a year ago, KU's front five yielded just 18 sacks this season. Three of the five starters return, Kansas will lose Adrian Jones and Danny Lewis from their rotation. Haselhorst wants to be in the mix right away.

"I want to contribute as much as I can next year. I really believe we'll have a great season."

Haselhorst is anticipating on playing an offensive guard position at Kansas.

"I'll probably play guard because I am not tall enough to play tackle, but I do have quick feet."

The lineman went on to describe the difference between the two positions.

"At guard you have more help from the center than you would at tackle. As a tackle, your forced to go up against some quick defensive linemen, so you have to have long arms and fast feet."

Olathe East hooked up with Shawnee Mission Northwest this past season. Northwest senior Mike Rivera will join Haselhorst at Kansas next fall. Rivera is a speedy 6'3" 240 pound linebacker who looks to help out on defense. Haselhorst describes what his future teammate is capable of on the field.

"You'll be playing against him, and on any one play you'll have no idea where he came from."

The high school senior is lifting and hanging out this winter after seeing his club lose in the 2nd round of the 6A state playoffs to Blue Valley North. Haselhorst throws the shot put during the spring for Olathe East's track and field team.

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