Hoosiers Add Another Late In-Stater To Class

Bloomington - Griffen Dahlstrom was all set to head to Harvard in the fall, but when Indiana came through with a late scholarship offer, the North Putnam H.S. standout jumped at it...

Bloomington – With signing day nearing, Indiana has added another in-state commit to its crop of recruits.

North Putnam (Ind.) standout Griffen Dahlstrom was offered a scholarship last night and called the IU staff to commit this morning. He becomes the 18th member of the Hoosiers' 2009 class.

"I'm really excited," said Dahlstrom, who had verballed to Harvard before deciding to accept the Hoosiers' late offer. "It's where I've watned to go since my sophomore year, so it's great that it worked out where they could offer."

Dahlstrom led North Putnam to a 10-1 record this season and was a dominant player on both sides of the ball. On offense he rushed for 1,556 yards and 14 touchdowns on 180 carries and also caught 17 passes for 226 yards, and he even handled his team's place-kicking and punting jobs as well.

The 6-3, 218-pounder said it's unclear right now exactly where he'll play at IU, but he's open to whatever the IU coaching staff decides is best.

"They said they'll wait until spring practice and see what is needed," Dahlstrom said. "If they need someone on offense I'll come in and do that, and if it's defense I might end up there."

While he was a running back on his high school team, Dahlstrom would likely play either a slot receiver or tight end. On defense he projects as either an outside linebacker or a defensive end depending on how much weight he'd be able to put on.

That plethora of position options is a big reason why adding Dahlstrom made a lot of sense as signing day nears.

"The coaches said they really like my versatility," Dahlstrom said. "They say I have good speed for a big guy, and that they like my length and athleticism."

By accepting IU's offer, Dahlstrom knows he's walking away from a great academic situation at Harvard. But he said that even when he committed to Harvard he knew that if something materialized at Indiana he'd jump at the chance to play for the Hoosiers.

"It's a little difficult to not go to Harvard because not many people get the chance to go there," Dahlstrom said. "At the same time, not many people get a chance to play at IU. It was an easy decision, and one that I'm happy about. I have absolutely no regrets."

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