Stokes Enjoys Gopher Visit

When the Gophers battled Wisconsin this past Saturday, there were a handful of junior college recruits on hand to watch. One such player was Trinity Valley (Texas) defensive back, Clifford Stokes. Stokes spoke with about how he enjoyed his official visit.

Stokes, a 5-foot-11 defensive back originally out of the state of Florida, is one of the Gophers' top targets to fill holes in the secondary. He feels like he can do just that for the team he chooses.

"I would say I'm a hard worker," he said. "I'm not going to let the other guy outwork me. What you see is what you get. I'm going to get the job done. If they put me out there, I'm going to get the job done."

The combination of skill and attitude has garnered plenty of attention for Stokes, who holds a number of offers.

"I have University of Houston, Iowa State, South Alabama, Lamar, small schools like that," he said.

With a lot of interest, Stokes knows what he is looking for in a school.

"First off, the academics because schooling is first," he said. "Student then athlete. Then, how the coaches interact with the players because some coaches just coach and don't really care about school then you have some coaches that care about both. I'm just the type of person that's going to give it everything I got and I expect the same thing from the coaches. If I need help, I'm going to ask. If I have a question, I'm going to ask."

Stokes also holds a Minnesota offer, a team he visited this past weekend. He found a number of things that he values in a university.

"Well first off the atmosphere," he said. "It was pretty cool. Just the people there because they really care about the athletes academic wise. I got all my questions answered. The coaches really care about the players. The locker room was amazing. It was just a good atmosphere. I really liked it up there."

Being on an official visit, Stokes spent a lot of time with the Gopher staff.

" They're real down to earth," he said. "They like to interact and break things down. All the coaches was breaking stuff down so everybody knows what they're doing. They went about business. That's what I like. They just like to get out there."

Stokes went on the visit with his current teammate Martez Shabazz.

"We're roommates right now. It was pretty cool. The coach asked me if I could see myself and my teammate here. Would that be cool also? I'm like yeah, I'm cool with it."

Stokes is planning to take visits to Iowa State next weekend, and Houston after that. With two top schools in mind, his decision could be coming soon.

"I guess after the University of Houston visit," he said when asked when he might commit. "My top two schools are Minnesota and Iowa State. I'm really going to know after Iowa State. I may not even take the Houston visit. I may just go off of what I see at Iowa State and sit down with my parents and tell them which school I'm going to have to go to."

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