Gophers Offer Ruhland First

Minnesota extended an offer to Cary-Grove (Ill.) class of 2015 offensive lineman Trevor Ruhland after he performed at their camp last weekend. He talks Gophers here.

Trevor Ruhland wasn't just offered by Minnesota, he earned it in front of their coaching staff last Sunday at camp and years of playing the sport allowed him to finally arrive at this big moment.

"It feels awesome," the 6'4, 270-pound offensive lineman said. "It feels like the weight of the world is off my shoulders. It's everything I've worked for and it's really rewarding to see the hard work since junior Trojans and 8th grade finally paid off."

The camp not only produced an offer, but also allowed Ruhland to work with the Gopher coaches and improve as a player.

"It did go pretty well. One thing I need to work on in run blocking is to get my hands inside more. It's a little different than how we block at my high school. That was one thing they said and also snapping. They don't know where I'll play in college and said it could be center because I'm only 6'4, but pass blocking I did well. I work on that all the time."

After being on campus and having a day long immersion in the program, Ruhland sees big things ahead for the Golden Gophers.

"The next couple years, I'm telling you, they're going to be really good. They'll be competing for championships. They're on the rise. They're going to be really good. The coaches are all really cool. They treated me like family and it's a real family environment. It's beautiful."

Ruhland is also hearing from schools like Illinois, Michigan, Michigan State and others. He says making unofficial games in the fall will be tough with his high school season, but he has spoken to various programs about coming out for a bowl practice.

Another school in the mix is Iowa, where his father played, but he says that even if other programs step in and offer, he will remember who the first one was.

"I think it's huge. They're the first team to sit down and study me and say alright, this guy can play Big Ten football. It's big and it opens up more doors and other teams will be saying this guy's the real deal, but it's really big that they were the first ones."

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