Knudson, Lansman sign Division II football letters
HARLAN – Throughout the decorated history of Harlan Community football, four-year varsity lettermen have been almost non-existent in the program. Two of the rare exceptions both inked national letters of intent to NCAA Division II programs Wednesday when Ethan Knudson signed with Wayne State College in Nebraska and Will Lansman signed with the University of Nebraska-Kearney.
The HCHS seniors, both three-sport athletes, made their decisions official as part of college football’s celebrated National Signing Day across the country.
Knudson was the Cyclones’ kicker for the past four years - also punting as a junior and senior - and earned first-team All-State honors from the Iowa Newspaper Association in 2015. The son of Rodney and Rhonda Knudson, Harlan, plans to study in the field of Industrial Technology at Wayne State.
“It’s just nice to know what I’m doing in my future,” Knudson said. “I don’t have to worry about other colleges and figuring out what I want to do.”
Lansman, who was twice named first-team All-District in football, began starting at defensive back late in his freshman year and played cornerback, safety, linebacker and tight end during his career. The son of Howard and Tara Lansman, rural Harlan, has yet to pick a major. The youngest of four Lansman boys will join older brother Trey, a standout sophomore on the basketball team, at UNK.