Local LB waiting for offers

Mark Mangino has indicated in the past that it's important to win your own state in terms of signing highly touted recruits. Could the KU football program have to think about winning in their own city? Lawrence High product Ian Handshy is up in the air concerning his future.

Handshy is a speedy and hard hitting linebacker whose drawing interest from Kansas, Nebraska, and Colorado. The LHS Lion has not been offered a scholarship by any of the three programs at this time, but he doesn't seemed bothered by that at this time.

"I think they're still waiting, wanting to see a few of my high school games in my senior season. Maybe somebody else will come out of the woodwork once these schools come in, but I think it's down to those three," said Handshy.

At one point in time over the summer, Handshy was considering heading East and playing for an Ivy League school. However, things have appeared to change in the last couple of months.

"Now I'm thinking I'd really like to play in the Big 12. It's a football conference, and the schools are closer to home," explained Handshy.

Especially the University which is located in Lawrence. Handshy is looking forward to following the Jayhawks this fall.

"I have been reading about the team in the newspaper to find out where their strengths are. It looks like the squad is doing very well offensively."

Former LHS Lion standout Brandon McAnderson plays for Kansas, which is another aspect of the program which interests Handshy.

"I loved playing with Brandon in high school. I hope he does well this year and gets a chance, he has great leadership skills," emphasized Handshy.

McAnderson redshirted last year, and is expected to compete for playing time at fullback this season. The 6-0 235 pound local product is currently listed as Austin Nwabuisi's back up on the teams depth chart.

Another positive on the KU side of things involves academics.

"The Liberal Arts school is well-known. It has what I may want to go into career wise which would be creative writing or digital imaging."

Handshy could be the fourth Lawrence High player in the last three classes to commit to the Jayhawks. McAnderson was a part of Mangino's first recruiting class, and Josh Lawrence along with Brian Seymour picked KU last year.


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