A Dream No Longer

Like many high school players throughout the state of Minnesota, Bemidji's Ernie Heifort would dream of donning the Maroon and Gold for the Gophers. On Sunday his dream became a reality when he committed to head coach Jerry Kill and his staff as a walk-on. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder discussed his decision with Goldensports.net.

"It was always a dream of mine because my family lives around there and it would be nice to play close to them," Heifort said. "And coach Kill and his staff sealed the deal."

What was it about head coach Jerry Kill that prompted Heifort to give a pledge to Minnesota on his official visit?

"He's really personable, genuine and straightforward. He made me feel like he was part of the family this weekend. "I like him a lot, so I committed."

The future tight end at Minnesota will walk-on his first season for the Gophers but with consistent effort and hard work he will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship.

"There and two or three seniors on scholarship now at tight end and [coach Kill] said if I worked hard and earned it there will be a scholarship down the road."

Heifort has no idea what he wants to major in yet but he does know that his parents endorse the decision to become a Golden Gopher.

"They were there with me when I committed," he said. "They agreed with the decision I made."

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