Gophers Add Wozniak to 2013 Class
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Gophers Add Wozniak to 2013 Class

Earlier this week, Jerry Kill and his staff landed one of their biggest recruits in the 2013 class with the commitment of 6-foot-9, 250-pound Nate Wozniak. GopherDigest caught up with the talented tight end to discuss his verbal to the Maroon and Gold.

Wozniak, who hails from Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove, picked the Gophers over offers from Indiana, Purdue, and Miami, among others. Giving his oral commitment was something Wozniak was looking forward to.

"It feels like the weight of the world has been lifted off my shoulders," he said. "I could actually finally get a little bit of a clear view, a clear picture."

After taking a number of official visits, including one to Minnesota, Wozniak was able to decide on his future school.

"For the past week or two I've been talking to my whole family, talking to my coaches, pretty much the most important people in my life," he said. "[I was] just trying to get some input, trying to make the decision a little bit easier for myself. I've been thinking about it really hard for the past week and I finally decided a couple nights ago that [Minnesota] was the best fit for me and I called Coach Kill two nights ago and let him know I was going to commit."

Kill was ecstatic to hear about the newest member of Minnesota's 2013 class.

"He was definitely really excited," said Wozniak. "I was actually kind of surprised by how excited he was. It was definitely a good feeling for me."

The Minnesota coaching stuff made Minnesota stand out above the other schools interested in Wozniak.

"I think their football program in general is what I like the most," he said. "I really liked all the coaches; Coach Kill, Coach Reeves, and everyone on the staff that I got a chance to talk to. I definitely got a good feel for the coaching staff and that's really important to me. The way Coach Kill and all of his other coaches are taking the program it's real impressive to me and I can't wait to be a part of it."

While some schools have looked at Wozniak as an offensive tackle, the Gophers want to keep him at tight end.

"I'm just going to try to do whatever they want me to do at the tight end spot," he said. "I know I'm going to enjoy it there once I get the chance to be able to be a part of the team and put in some work."

Wozniak presents the total package as a tight end prospect.

"I would definitely call myself a physical blocker," he said. "That's probably what I work on the majority of my high school career was getting down in the stance and just putting my face into guys and driving them for probably 80 percent of the game. I really take pride in that aspect of my game. I can also go out and make tough catches and drive people over to make those first downs."

Wozniak will sign his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday.

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