2013 Intro: Bridgeport Tusler

Osseo (Minn.) running back Bridgeport Tusler is one of the top players of the class of 2013 in the state of Minnesota. The Gopher coaches have recognized this and have invited the talented athlete to their Junior Day on February 25.

Profile: Bridgeport Tusler
Size: 5-foot-11, 195 pounds
Hometown: Osseo, Minn
School: Osseo (5A)
Position: Running back

Prep Career

As a junior, Tusler rushed for 954 yards and 11 touchdowns on 123 carries while leading Osseo to a 8-2 record.

Recruitment

"My high school coach told me that Coach Reeves called him and talked about of the Gophers were going to come after me this year and how they think I'm one of the top recruits that they have on their list and that I'm invited to their Junior Day," Tusler said.

With the Gophers Junior Day just a couple weeks Tusler is excited for a few things.

"Really just meeting all the coaches and who else they think are the top players in the state," he said. "I just wanna get the feel of what the hometown college I've always dreamed about is like, but mainly just getting to know the coaches. I've always had that dream of being a hometown kid playing for my hometown school."

As Tusler learns more about Minnesota the Gopher coaches will also be looking to learn more about him. What does the talented running back think he can bring to a college program?

"Energy," he said. "I feel like every game day I'm ready. Not that I'm not gonna make a mistake but I'm always gonna give 100-percent and even in the off-season I'm gonna be working 24/7 doing whatever the coaches tell me to do.

"If they tell me to do it, I'm gonna do it. You wouldn't see me slack off or break down mentally. People make mistakes so you live and you learn from them."

Minnesota received some early commitments from the top in-state players of 2012 but Tusler is in no rush to make a decision.

"I wouldn't milk it but it like some of the other athletes at my school but my decision wouldn't be right on the spot either," he said.

The Gophers are the only school showing the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder heavy interest for his football abilities, but he does have a few schools interested in his basketball abilities. As of now, Tusler is unsure what sport he will play at the collegiate level.

"South Dakota State, Northern State, Augustana, Princeton and St. Leo which is down in Florida are showing interest," he said.

Grades are not an issue for Tusler who reports a 3.7 GPA and plans on studying business in college—specifically marketing and entrepreneurship.


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