Bloomington, Ind. – North Putnam (Ind.) H.S. Coach Dave Pasch hasn't had any Division I players in his 11 years at the school, but he knows he's got one now in Griffen Dahlstrom.
Why's he so convinced? First of all the 6-3, 218-pound linebacker has starred on both sides of the ball for Pasch's squad, earning first-team Class 2A All-State honors as a linebacker while also stepping in and playing quarterback this past fall on a team that went 12-1 and lost to Heritage Christian in the regional. He passed for 1,024 yards, rushed for another 796, and led his team with 102 tackles, five tackles for loss and three passes broken up.
But Pasch said he knew he had a D-I prospect when college coaches let him know with their phone calls and letters. Dahlstrom began hearing from school during his sophomore year, and that attention has been getting more intense and personal.
"When they start calling and they're visiting, that's when you know," Pasch said.
Indiana is among the schools that have already been showing interest, joining fellow Big Ten schools Illinois, Purdue, Iowa and Northwestern. The top-ranked student in his class, Dahlstrom has also drawn interest from Harvard and could get a handful of Ivy League schools involved as well.
Dahlstrom, who hasn't received any scholarship offers yet, was in Bloomington last month for one of the Hoosiers' Junior Days.
According to Pasch, what each of the coaches see is a versatile athlete who could play a variety of positions at the next level, and an outstanding student as well.
"I think the thing that separates him is how intelligent he is," said Pasch. "Then, on the football field, he's one of those rangy linebackers that has the ability to get to the football. He's 6-3 and 220 pounds, he can run and he's very fundamentally sound."
But Pasch isn't convinced that Dahlstrom will wind up at linebacker.
"If he's not a linebacker at the college level he might be a defensive end or a tight end," Pasch said.
While Dahlstrom appears to be a can't miss D-I prospect, Pasch thinks he might have another one as well in center Josh Keyt. Keyt has emerged as one of the nation's top long snappers, ranking No. 4 at the specialty according to one service.
He's also traveled around the country and competed at a variety of camps, which has resulted in plenty of interest.
"He drives the interest by performing at these camps consistently," Pasch said. "There's a market for guys with special skills. The punting game is so important, the timing, as a result of the speed people put on the field.
"Those guys are a premium."
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