Local LB looking at KU

Lawrence High football standout Ian Handshy is considering some well respected Big 12 schools for his college football career. The projected college linebacker lists his current top 3 as Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado, but he remains up in the air in terms of a favorite.

The 6'1" 210 Handshy has attended camps at all three of these colleges this summer, and is having a good time with the preliminary stages of the recruiting process.

"I've enjoyed seeing the different places," said Handshy who has lived in Lawrence since he was six months old.

Handshy already has some strong ties to KU. His dad and brother went to school in Lawrence. His older brother Brian competed in track at Kansas, running both the 200 and 400 meter dashes during the late 90's and early 21st century. Coach Mark Mangino and the LHS product have already formed a relationship.

"I feel comfortable with Coach Mangino because I played football at LHS with his son (Tommy). It feels good to already have some familiarity with a coach."

Handshy also liked his meetings with Bill Callahan and Gary Barnett.

"I was impressed with Nebraska's coaching staff because those are NFL coaches. They know what to do to get the most out of a player and that's important in football."

Earlier this Summer, Handshy toured Boulder while at Colorado's football camp. The campus and city left a lasting impression on the LHS senior to be.

"I probably enjoyed Colorado's camp the most because of the scenery. Coach Barnett is an intense guy towards his players and the game which I like. He also seems to take care of his players."

Handshy is also contemplating heading East for college to attend an Ivy League school.

"I'm most interested in Dartmouth and Yale. I may take one big trip this Summer where we could go and scope out all of the colleges because it's a long trip from Kansas."

The LHS product is a three star athlete who also plays basketball for the up-tempo Lions and runs track. The 210 pound Handshy has recorded a personal best time of 11.05 in the 100 meter dash.

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