Focused on Districts

<p>Lawrence High School linebacker Ian Handshy looks forward to playing football at the next level, but the Senior is not too concerned with the recruiting game at this point in time.</p>

"Things are going well.  I'm enjoying my senior season, and we're trying to get through districts right now," said Ian Handshy a 6'0" 210-pound Division I prospect.

The Lions struggled early this season due to a challenging schedule, and a bunch of younger players asked to step up and play varsity football for the first time.  LHS has found its groove winning 3 of the team's last 4, and the Lions head into the second round of district play this week taking on cross town rival Lawrence Free State.

"This will close out my Free State trilogy, I'm excited because we've beaten them the last two years,” said Handshy.

As for the potential college options, Handshy is handling everything with a wait and see attitude.  Kansas and Nebraska continue to show interest but neither Big 12 program has offered a scholarship at this time.  Handshy did take part in an unofficial recruiting trip to Memorial Stadium a couple of weeks ago when the Jayhawks topped K-State.

"It was a great night,” Handshy added. “I would say the atmosphere there is much improved from years past.  It's really nice to see so many fans giving their support."

Obviously, Handshy would like to see Kansas offer a scholarship.

"It's up to them, but yes I'd like to see that happen."

Former Lion and current KU fullback Brandon McAnderson didn't receive an early scholarship offer from Kansas two years ago either.

"With Brandon, it didn't come until the end of our season,” said Handshy.  “I think with hometown kids coaches at most colleges are more reluctant to go with them right away.  They try to recruit their prospects that are further away first."

Kansas special teams coach Clint Bowen also attended Lawrence High School.  The LHS grad has been calling Handshy once every couple of weeks during the fall to check up on the local talent.


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