They come from big cities and small rural towns across the United States. They come from Alaska. And they come from Canada.
NFA’s wide reach seems to grow by the day, and now is the perfect time to introduce the latest rising star – Jordan Hanslip.
A 12-year-old from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Hanslip is coming off a standout season with the St Vital Mustangs, a community football club established in 1948 that has a long history of excellence in Canada.
With Hanslip under center, the Mustangs were 9-1-1 this season. “I was really happy with how everybody worked hard and worked together,” he said. “Most of the kids were new and they came from different areas. We all joined together and became a good team.”
From start to finish, Hanslip’s main focus was all about the team. Individually, he had a great season with over 2,000 passing yards and 31 touchdowns along with 337 rushing yards and 9 more scores. “I was happy with how much I improved since last season,” Hanslip said.
Beginning his football career six years ago, Hanslip has always been a quarterback. “I love it,” he said. “It’s my favorite thing to do. I just like the leadership that comes with it. I like having the responsibility of controlling the plays. I also like having the option of throwing or running the ball.”
Hanslip is very good in both areas. And while hockey remains the most popular sport in Canada, football suits him just fine.
“Most of the kids around here play hockey,” Hanslip said. “I don’t play. I just find football more fun and it’s easier to go outside and play instead of having to find an ice rink. I like to get outside and play football.”
Hanslip has sharpened his QB skills by training with NFA the past three years. Coach JC Boice is not surprised by his success.
“Jordan has all the tangibles we look for in young quarterbacks,” Boice said. “Jordan has a very coachable spirit, a very focused, strong work ethic and he certainly has natural talent. He’s got a pretty live arm for a young man his age and what’s been most fun, the progress we’ve made in his mechanics. In the sessions we’ve had working together, he has accelerated his mechanics as fast as any young man I’ve ever worked with.”
Hanslip gives NFA big credit for making him a better QB. “NFA has helped me a lot,” he said. “They’ve helped me work on my technique and reading defenses. My reads have gotten a lot better. I’m going to keep working at getting faster and stronger, and I want to become a more accurate passer.”
This past summer, Hanslip got his first Duel invitation. “I think the Duel was a great opportunity for him,” Boice said. “He got to compete on a national stage and he did very well. I think coming back in years to come, he will place even higher and possibly be a Top 3 finisher. It is going to open up a lot of doors for him. I look forward to continuing to work with Jordan.”