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Concord senior Josh Gorball

Concord kicker Josh Gorball has committed to play football at Grand Valley State University.

The senior announced his decision Monday night on his personal Twitter account.

Gorball made eight of 15 field goal attempts for the Minutemen in 2017 with a long of 45 and recorded touchbacks on 70 percent of his kickoffs. As a junior, he went 14-for-18 on field goal tries, including one from 52 yards and two from 50.

Gorball finished his career seventh on the all-time scoring list at Concord, which went 10-2 and won a Class 5A sectional title this season.

Grand Valley State, an NCAA Division II program in Allendale, Michigan, finished 8-3 this year. In 2016, the Lakers went 12-1 and won the GLIAC championship. They have four Division II national championships in program history.

Concord coach Craig Koehler said Gorball received interest from Division I programs as a preferred walk-on, but GVSU presented the most appealing offer.

Gorball is ranked as the No. 25 kicker in the Class of 2018 by Kohl’s Kicking.

His entry on the Kohl’s website reads: “Gorball has had strong showings at his most recent Kohl's camp in July of 2017. He moved into the 5 star level as a punter at the NSC. His FG's and KO's are very solid and Gorball's size and athleticism make him an intriguing specialist. His leg strength and raw power is at the D1 level. Gorball's FG range is outstanding. Gorball is one of the top prospects in the Midwest in the 2018 class!”

Stephen Brooks can be reached at stephen.brooks@goshennews.com or 574-533-2151, ext. 325. Follow Stephen on Twitter @StephenM_Brooks

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