The Gophers are looking to build some depth to their offensive line and got a huge boost when one of their top targets in Van Alstyne (TX.) center Connor Mayes decided to commit to Minnesota. Still, they are looking to add some more beef to the offensive linemen and found a possible candidate in Port Washington (WI.) offensive tackle Andy Fidler. The mammoth tackle discusses his time at Minnesota's camp and how he would feel if an Gopher offer came his way.
"I've been talking to Minnesota for a few weeks and I got a lot of attention at camp," Fidler told GopherDigest. "I have been talking with Coach Jim Zebrowski. He said they are taking three offensive linemen in my class and have only taken one commit so far. After camp, he said they were very impressed with how I did and were excited to look over my camp tape and see where things go from there."
"I love Minnesota. I think they have a really nice program and that it is on the rise. I think the campus screams college town. It's a great place and it would be a awesome place to attend. It's somewhere I'm really looking at and I would love to take a visit and learn more about the area. I definitely have a very high interest level in them. If they were to offer me, it would mean a lot. They would be my first Big Ten offer and they would probably be my top choice at this time."
The 6-5, 270-pound Fidler felt he performed this past season very well, but knows his team didn't accomplish all that they wanted too. Still, that hasn't held him back with his recruitment by holding offers from Fordham, Bowling Green and North Dakota along with hearing from many other schools.
While Fidler had a great time at Minnesota's camp and is getting a lot of attention from the Gophers, he wasn't someone that initially idolized Minnesota. That doesn't mean Minnesota hasn't changed his mind and he has now taking a liking to the whole rivalry.
"No, not at all was I a fan of Minnesota," said Fidler. "I was born and raised a Badgers fan, which is why I think people are surprised that I am also now a Gopher fan. It is not a house divided (laughter). Neither of my parents are really big college sports fan. They are both great programs and will succeed."
He is will be attending the Wisconsin camp today, but doesn't know the rest of his summer agenda regarding visits and camps go quite yet.