FB Staff Adds Kicker to '03 Class

Traveling to kicking camps across the country has paid off in a West Branch senior earning a spot in Iowa State's signing class of 2003.

Standout placekicker Josh Griebahn traveled to off-season workouts at Iowa, ISU, Purdue, Ohio State and Florida sharpening his skills with the hope of eventually earning a Division I scholarship. That future destination came into focus Tuesday afternoon.

"He had a variety of offers from people that were showing a strong interest in him at the Division I level," said West Branch head coach Butch Pedersen. "I think it's a tremendous honor for Josh to be given a scholarship to be a Cyclone. It's a culmination of a lot of hard work and dedication put in by a fine young man.

"He went through a lot of training technique and spent a lot of time in the off-season kicking on the football field for us in his extra time. He's very dedicated, as far as weightlifting and the speed and agility type training courses that he took through some facilities in Iowa City."

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound Griebahn made his decision after Cyclone head coach Dan McCarney and assistant Terry Allen made the trip to West Branch for a visit. ISU seemed to be the perfect fit both on and off the field, said Griebahn's head coach Butch Pedersen.

"His sister went to Iowa State and enjoyed her time there. He's really interested in architecture and Iowa State's got a pretty good program.

"We really wanted to make sure a priority was him going somewhere he'd get a good education. I think Iowa State offered that for him, and he liked the coaching staff. Terry (Allen) was in contact with him numerous times. Of course the program at Iowa State has changed dramatically under Dan."

As a high school senior, Griebahn made 5-of-6 field goal attempts and hit a long of 41 yards. He also hit on all but three of his 24 extra points. Griebahn made a huge impact on kickoffs, averaging 58.9 yards, and could also get a look at punter after averaging 38.7 yards per attempt.

He also had a scholarship offer from Navy to go along with recruiting interest from Purdue and Arkansas.

Although Cyclone kickers Tony Yelk and Adam Benike each return for the 2003 season, Pedersen believes his former player has every intention of making an immediate impact.

"I think he's the kind of competitor that sees some opportunities right away," Pedersen said. "He's going to do a lot of things and will go in there and compete and see what happens for him this fall. If it doesn't pan out, they'll redshirt him and he'll get some opportunities in the future.

"Dan mentioned to him yesterday that he had an opportunity to also be looked at as a punter. He averaged almost 39 yards a punt and that's a little deceiving because we did some pooches and field-positioned a lot with him. He had a knack to hit the corners real well. So some of his averages suffered a little bit because of that."

Griebahn is the 15th known commitment for ISU's signing class of 2003, and first addition at the kicker position.

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