Latest ISU Commit Schober's Best Years Ahead

Having just arrived in the United States a year ago from Germany as a foreign exchange student, Granbury (Texas) lineman Bastian Schober did not start playing varsity until this fall, so saying his best years of football are ahead of him would be an understatement.

But with what they saw last spring and in six varsity games this season, the Cyclones were more than confident in the 6-foot-2, 290-pounder's abilities and offered him a scholarship. Schober accepted ISU's offer last weekend during an official visit to Ames.

"I know there were a lot of schools that came by last spring," said Granbury head coach Mike Lebby, who took over his post earlier this year. "Oklahoma, Texas Tech, TCU, Iowa State and Nebraska are some big-time teams. Then Iowa State stayed on him pretty hard throughout the year. I know he really liked it up there on his visit. He loved the campus, coaches and atmosphere."

Notre Dame was also believed to be involved with Schober, a foreign exchange student from Nuremberg, Germany.

The late-blooming lineman will most likely begin his college career on the offensive side of the ball, but his high school coach believes he could potentially play both sides effectively.

"He has progressed really well for us," Lebby said. "He's caught on to everything we're doing and is now starting on both offense and defense. He is now our starting right defensive tackle and left guard, but didn't really start playing much defense before our last two games. But I think he could play either place. I'm not sure what (Iowa State's) plans are."

Lebby expects his standout lineman to keep turning heads throughout his first and only season of varsity ball. "He's got to improve in all areas, just like everyone else, but he's really only played in six varsity games," Lebby said. "His overall ability has been untapped, so there's no telling how good he can become. I'm amazed at how well he's done for not playing as much. He has a great work ethic and is continuing to improve on his pass protection."

Granbury is currently 2-4 overall this fall, but has won two of its first three games in District 8-4A and is in contention for a playoff berth.

The addition of Schober, the Cyclones' 12th commitment for 2003, adds to an already impressive class that includes the likes of Iowans Aaron Brant, Brandon Cook, John Tjaden and Tom Schmeling.

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