Bjorklund Discusses Visit, Commitment

The Gophers stayed in state for their latest commit when Rosemount (Minn.) offensive tackle Joe Bjorklund decided to accept a grey-shirt offer from head coach Jerry Kill. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder selected Minnesota over Toledo following his official visit to Minneapolis last weekend.

"My visit was awesome, I had a lot of fun spending time with some of the guys on the team and talking to all of the coaches," Bjorklund said. "I've met coach Kill two times before. He seems like a real straightforward guy that cares about his guys and has a strong passion for the game."

Prior to his official visit coach Kill discussed the idea of grey shirting next season.

"He told me that he wanted me to be a Gopher but he had to honor the other o-line commits so he offered me a grey shirt scholarship," Bjorklund explained. "I was a little sketchy about it at first but after spending some time with him I got more excited about it."

The excitement of a Gopher offer lingered following his visiting and a few days later he made a call to inform the lucky coaching staff of his decision.

"I just called coach Limegrover earlier tonight and told him, then coach Kill called me. [Coach Kill] seemed really excited and happy for me," Bjorklund said.

The decision came down to two schools - Toledo and Minnesota – but the hometown team won out.

"They were very comparable but I felt like I related to the Minnesota players better than the Toledo ones and it was closer for me to stay close with my family."

"They were very excited," Bjorklund said about how his family reacted to his decision to become a Golden Gopher. "Everyone was excited."

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