Ben Lauer Commits to Minnesota

Wayzata (Minn.) offensive tackle Ben Lauer recently picked up an offer from the Minnesota Golden Gophers on Monday and it didn't take long for him to decide to pledge his commitment to the University of Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net was able to catch up with the big tackle on his commitment.

Lauer had a long road coming to this point missing most of the summer camps due to rehabilitation of his knee which he had injured during his junior season. Because he missed the summer camps Lauer had to rely on a strong senior season to impress schools. Now that he has made his decision he says it feels good to be done with the entire process.

"It feels good to be done with it I guess," Lauer said. "It just gets kind of long and tiresome so it's good to be done with all of that."

Lauer picked up his offer from the Gophers on Monday when coaches Limegrover and Kill stopped in for an in-home visit. As of right now though the coaches are on unsure if they plan on bringing Lauer in this year or if they plan on having him take a gray-shirt.

"They came over to my house on Monday night and talked with me and offered me," Lauer said. "They're not 100% sure yet, it all depends on what happens during spring ball like how guys are playing and what's happening with injuries so they're going to wait and see how that all works out."

When he finally decided on Minnesota, Lauer's parents were very happy that their son could follow his dream and play college football. The Gopher coaching staff was happy for him as well.

"My parents were happy that I got to follow my dream and it's obviously nice they don't have to pay for college," Lauer said. "The coaches were really excited as well."

Aside from Minnesota Lauer had also been hearing a lot from North Dakota State, North Dakota and Northern Illinois throughout his recruitment.

"A lot from North Dakota State, North Dakota and Northern Illinois were the other schools that had been talking to me a lot," Lauer said.

With his commitment to Minnesota, Lauer feels that he has a good opportunity to play in the Big Ten and attend a quality school.

"I'm just really excited to get there and play football. It's going to be a good opportunity to play in the Big Ten and go to a good school."

The Gophers also unveiled their new uniforms for the 2011 season but Lauer was able to get a sneak peak at them while on his official visit this past December.

"They are really cool I got to see them on my official visit over winter break, they're really cool and a big improvement over last years," Lauer said.

Lauer says the Gophers plan on keeping him at his tackle position and he feels that he'll be able to bring a big physical presence to the offensive line.

"I'm big, physical and I think I can help out a lot in games," Lauer said.

Lauer also said he plans on majoring in engineering when he enrolls at Minnesota.

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