Grant Gambrall wanted to check out a few schools before he made his college selection. But ultimately, the West High state champion?s desire to wrestle at Iowa outweighed his wish to prolong the process.

Gambrall verbally committed to the Hawkeyes Monday afternoon, becoming the third top wrestler to join Iowa?s Class of 2008.

?I wanted to look around and make sure I was making the right choice, but from the beginning I thought I?d be a Hawk, I always thought I?d be a Hawk when I was younger and just starting wrestling and watching the Hawks at Carver,? Gambrall said. ?I guess I kind of knew that?s where I wanted to be, but I wanted to make sure and that?s what took me as long as it did.?

There were other reasons, too, why Gambrall said he selected the Hawkeyes over Iowa State and Nebraska.

?They?ve got great coaches and it seems to me like they?ve got a great team and have a good future and can hopefully get back to the way it was after having a little bit of a down time and not winning (the NCAA title) for a while,? Gambrall said. ?And then there?s just the fact that I?ll be wrestling in front of the best college wrestling fans in the nation. I don?t think there are any fans like Iowa Hawkeye wrestling fans and that had a lot to do with it, too.?

Gambrall compiled a 47-1 record this past season when he captured the Class 3A 171-pound state title. His only loss came against Mike Benefiel, a Northwestern recruit and the nation?s top-ranked wrestler in the Class of 2007.

Gambrall has a 118-15 career record and placed second at 160 pounds as a sophomore at City High before moving across town.

Gambrall, ranked the No. 46 overall recruit in the country by InterMat, joins an Iowa class that already included West High freestyle Junior National champion Nate Moore (ranked eighth by InterMat) and Illinois prep Jordan Blanton (No. 13 by InterMat).

?That?s definitely a good start (to the recruiting class),? Gambrall said. ?Hopefully we can keep it going.?

Gambrall placed fifth in the 171-pound freestyle bracket at the Junior Nationals, winning a 1-1, 1-0 decision against Blanton, who placed seventh.

?He?s a real good wrestler,? Gambrall said. ?He?s definitely hard-nosed and offensive. ? He keeps moving and he?s pretty light on his feet. He seemed a little smaller than me, though.