Handshy to Play at KU

A local gridiron talent will announce on Wednesday that he'll stay close to home and attend Kansas as a preferred walk-on.<br>

LHS linebacker Ian Handshy elected to hang in Lawrence passing on scholarship offers from Washburn and Baker.

"I had some other options that we're very provocative, but in the end I decided I really wanted to spend the next four years at the University of Kansas," said Handshy.

The 6'4" 210 pound Handshy led the Lions to the second round of the 6A state playoffs this past Fall starting both ways as a linebacker and fullback.  The Chesty Lion hopes to carve his own niche in Mark Mangino's program much like a former and future teammate current Jayhawk Brandon McAnderson.

"I know it will be very tough, but I'm really excited about the opportunity to see if I can make it there," said Handshy.

Ian is not the first Handshy to compete at Kansas, his older brother Brian was a track athlete in the late 90's.

Handshy has known Coach Mangino and his son Tommy personally for the past three years admitted he would have liked to receive a scholarship offer from KU.

"I'm definitely disappointed, but going to the University of Kansas and playing football is a big accomplishment,” said Handshy.

Lawrence high will hold a ceremony on Wednesday announcing Handshy's intentions.  Also, Lions tailback Jeff Colter and lineman Aaron Kie will sign letters of intent with Northwest Missouri State and Haskell Indian Nations University respectively. 

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