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Wed. January 6, 2010 | Keith Niebuhr

Like many football players this time of year, Countryside standout William Griswold is still waiting for that first scholarship offer to emerge.

The good news?

According to Cougars coach John Davis, two schools are showing lots of interest: Virginia Military Institute and Quincy (Ill.).

Last fall, Griswold, who is a strong, accurate kicker, was 8 of 11 on field goals and 49 of 53 on PATs. Countryside has produced several Division I kickers in recent years, and by the time everything shakes out it wouldn’t be surprising if Griswold becomes one, too.

Right now, colleges are trying like crazy to fill their non-kicking spots. Once those are secure, many then go back and look for a kicker.

Kicker ratings on recruiting sites vary greatly, which shows how difficult they are to evaluate.

ProKicker.com rates Griswold as the No. 1 kicker in Florida. Rivals.com, however, has two Florida kickers ranked 1-2 in its top 25 for the country, a list that does not include Griswold.

Cody Parkey of Jupiter has committed to Auburn. Michael Palardy of Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas is a Tennessee commit.

What’s also interesting is that many college kickers are former walk-ons. For example, Judd Davis of Florida (mid-1990s) became an All-SEC performer.

Whichever school nabs Griswold will be getting not only an excellent kicker, but an outstanding student; he carries a 4.1 GPA.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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