June 20, 2011

Rams offer Hansley after camp

So far Joe Hansley has been something of a camp warrior as the 5-foot-10, 170 pound offensive dynamo has attended three camps and picked up three scholarship offers, with the potential for a fourth this weekend. The Highlands Ranch native names Colorado State, Wyoming and Northern Colorado as institutions who have offered a spot on their squad.

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. He is projected to play slot in college.

"I think coaches like my quickness and field awareness. I have good vision finding the holes and stuff," Hansley said. "I think I catch the ball well in routes and out of the backfield. I think I run the ball well too, I guess. I would say my main strength is catching the ball."

Northern Colorado was Hansley's first offer, although he said he has not spoken much to the Bears' coaching staff since attending a camp last season. Last week Hansley was at the Colorado State team padded camp and said he received an offer shortly after leaving.

"I was just up there for a team camp," Hansley said of Fort Collins. "I was just talking to (CSU Head Coach Steve) Fairchild and (wide receivers coach Dan) Hammerschmidt after the camp and once I left they offered me. They liked me quickness, agility and my ability to catch the ball.

"They said they want to play me at slot. They talked about having me graduate a semester early and come up for practice so I could get in the program quick and maybe play as a freshman."

The University of Wyoming also offered Hansley after seeing him in-person.

"I went to Wyoming for a one-day camp and they offered me on-the-spot after I left," Hansley said. "They run the spread with (Coach Dave) Christiansen. He thought I would fit in well at a slot receiver position because they pass it so much."

Football runs in the Hansley family as Joe's father played for Indiana and his grandfather played at Ohio State. While the Big Ten is commonly on the television at the Hansley house, Joe said he has spent plenty of time watching Colorado State since the Hansley family friend and Ram tackle Joe Caprioglio arrived in Fort Collins. Hansley said he also enjoys the Fort Collins area.

"Area-wise, I like Colorado State the most," he said. "Just because the campus has more of a collegey feel and I like that."

The future business major said he is looking for a school where he can have a close relationship with his coaches, play as soon as possible and have his parents be able to drive to his games.

Hansley was to be in Boulder this weekend for a camp and said he is interested in what the Buffs coaching staff has to say to him. After this camp, he said he expects to make a quick college decision.

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