Linebacker Says ISU is on Top

Anthony Gripp is a 6'0, 220 pound linebacker out of Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa and he has caught the attention of the Iowa State coaching staff. In fact, Gripp told CN that Iowa State is currently number one on his list of schools.

Anthony Gripp is a 6'0, 220 pound linebacker out of Assumption High School in Davenport, Iowa and he has caught the attention of the Iowa State coaching staff. In fact, Gripp told CN that Iowa State is currently number one on his list of schools.

 

"Right now it's Iowa State over everyone," said Gripp.

 

Gripp attended the Iowa State Junior Day a few weeks back and enjoyed his stay in Ames and like many recruits, fell in love with the Iowa State coaching staff.

 

"It went really well. The highlight of the day was spending time with the coaches. A lot of it was one on one stuff with them."

 

Gripp was especially impressed with Dan McCarney.

 

"Coach McCarney is a player guy. He can really relate to the players really well. That's one thing that stuck out to me," said Gripp.

 

Gripp said that one of his favorite parts of the day was when Iowa State linebacker coach Mike Nelson brought the linebackers into a room and went over specific Iowa State defensive schemes with the juniors.

 

"Coach Nelson brought us into a room and showed us the whole linebacker scheme and showed us how the defense works. He explained to us what everybody does. That was pretty interesting," said Gripp.

 

Right now Gripp hasn't received any offers but he's working hard in the off-season to attract numerous offers next year. He's currently taking an acceleration program and lifting at 5 a.m. everyday before school.

 

"Coach Ash talked to me for a while about the college and how the team is supposed to be next year."

 

"I'm really gearing up for next year."

 

Last season in his junior campaign, Gripp had 152 tackles, 47 of which were solo, three sacks and one interception. His team went 9-0 and won their conference. In fact, they were the first team in school history to go to the semi-finals and play in the UNI Dome.

 

Right now it's up in the air as to what position Gripp will play in college. At 6'0, it's debated if he will continue to play linebacker, but Gripp is planning on it for now.

 

"I think with my height, my position will kind of be up in the air. They didn't say anything to me but it wouldn't surprise me but right now it's linebacker."

 


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