June 2, 2008

ISU may offer punter a grayshirt

Iowa State likely won't invest a 2009 scholarship in a new punter to join the program as the expected successor to veteran Mike Brandtner, who still has two seasons of eligibility remaining. With an attractive punting prospect in the '09 class and no scholarship available until 2010, ISU may turn to a creative solution to get the target it wants: grayshirting.

At least that was the gist of a voice mail message that Jacksonville (Fla.) Bolles punter Alex Wulfeck received last week. Iowa State assistant coach Scott Fountain left the message for Wulfeck, who plans to call back and talk to Fountain this week.

"I feel that Iowa State will be an offer once I talk to Coach Fountain," Wulfeck said. "He wants me to go the grayshirt route. In the message, he asked if I'd be interested in that. I definitely would be.

But that doesn't make ISU the leader for the 5-foot-9, 160-pound Wulfeck, a regular at the top level camps held by former Cyclone kicking standout Jamie Kohl. It's an ACC school that could likely nail down Wulfeck's commitment just by making an offer.

"Wake Forest is the school I am really most interested in," said Wulfeck. "I am going to their camp, they are going to just have three punters there. If I perform (well), they will offer me. If I perform and they offer me, I'll commit there. I just like Wake Forest, the atmosphere is like my high school."

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