It's Iowa for Kornbrath

Iowa never has been shy to offer specialists it deems worthy of a scholarship. That trend continued on Friday when the Hawkeyes offered a scholarship to and received a commitment from West Virginia Punter Connor Kornbrath.

To say Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz was displeased with his special teams play in 2010 would be an understatement. Poor performances on those units may have cost his Hawkeyes a few wins.

While some schools feel like specialists should walk-on and earn scholarships, Ferentz and his staff target prospects and pay for their schooling.

Connor Kornbrath learned that on Friday when he received and accepted a scholarship offer from Iowa. The West Virginia punter had interest from West Virginia, Maryland, Pittsburgh and others, but the Hawkeyes were the first to offer.

As a junior, the 6-foot-7, 210-pounder led all state kickers in scoring at 4.8 points per game, making seven of 12 field goals, including a school record 51-yarder and a state playoff record 47-yarder. He recorded 19 touchbacks, tops in the state.

Kornbrath becomes the fifth known verbal in Iowa's 2012 recruiting class and fourth since Monday. Mitch Keppy, Cameron Wilson, Drew Ott and Maurice Fleming also are on board.

Iowa could go into the 2012 season with two punters on scholarship. Jonny Mullings will be a redshirt freshman this fall.

Hawkeye Insider spoke with Kornbrath and filed this feature story.

Here's a Profile Kornbrath.

Here's a YouTube Video.

Here's a national ranking.

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