August 15, 2011

Decision coming for Hansley?

The football season is hours away from getting underway at Highlands Ranch (Colo.) High School for wide receiver Joe Hansley. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound receiver said the Falcons will meeting for the first time officially this afternoon.

Last season Highlands Ranch High School went 9-3 before bowing out in the second round of the playoffs. This season Hansley said the Falcons are stacked with their skill position players returning.

"I'm looking forward to the brotherhood we have on this team and the experiences we get to go through with just being a senior, being the oldest on the team and having a good season," Hansley said.

Last season Hansley posted nearly 1,000 yards of total offense for Highlands Ranch, scoring 15 touchdowns and averaging 9.9 yards per carry as a running back. This season he said he will see time at running back, slot receiver and cornerback. Hansley is projected primarily as a slot receiver and features a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash, a 265-pound bench press and a 360-pound squat.

Which college gets Hansley's services is to be determined, as he holds scholarship offers from Colorado State, Northern Colorado and Wyoming. After listening to him speak about his choices, it seems as if the Rams have a leg up in his recruiting.

"CSU is probably one of the top right now," Hansley said. "Colorado State, I like everything. Coach (Dan) Hammerschmidt, the receivers coach is pretty nice. Coach Fairchild is a good guy and I like the atmosphere up there. My mom and dad coach watch me play, my coaches could watch me play and I care about that a lot."

Hansley said he plans to be in Fort Collins this Sunday to watch a CSU scrimmage and is thinking about going to Hughes Stadium for the Boise State game as well.

Hansley said he would like to get a commitment out of the way early this season - and if the commitment is to Colorado State, he has to decide when to enroll. Hansley said Colorado State had suggested he graduate early in the winter and join the team in time for spring practice.

"They wanted me to come to graduate early and come up for spring practice and maybe play as a freshman," he said. "I don't know if I'll do that or not.

"I am hoping to make a decision pretty soon, just so I can get it figured out and focus on the high school season," Hansley said.

The Rams aren't the only school after Hansley. He said he has enjoyed the Northern Colorado coaches, pointing out they are a younger crew who relates to high school players very well. The Wyoming football coaching staff has also impressed Hansley who likes their spread offense and believes he would fit well in it.

He said he is still hearing some from Northwestern and Colorado, though he believes CU is full at his position.

"I've been talking to CU and Northwestern a little bit, but they are waiting on other seniors they have offered," he said. "I think CU is pretty locked-in with their commitments, but I still get letters from Northwestern."

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