At 6-5, 275 pounds, Minneapolis (MN.) De La Salle junior offensive tackle Drayton Carlberg has the size and tools it takes to play at the next level. One school that has been keeping their eyes on the rising offensive tackle and that potential is the hometown Minnesota Gophers and they got to recently see him up close when he attended their camp.
"My camp experience at Minnesota was great," Carlberg told GopherDigest. "I learned a lot of new techniques and moves from the coaches through out the day. I think I preformed pretty well also. I talked to Coach Kill and also my area recruiter Coach Claeys. They both were telling me to keep working hard and that they will be watching me this fall."
Carlberg also got time to talk a little recruiting with other prospects and talks about that as well.
"I did chat with a few of the recruits there," said Carlberg. "I talked to Dillon Holtan about recruiting a little bit and how it was going for him and his team. I talked to some other guys but I don't remember there names. The overall vibe I got was Minnesota is a great place and is on the rise. I liked the atmosphere there at the camp and it was up tempo, which I liked that too."
How much would it mean to for the mammoth offensive tackle to land an offer from the in-state Gophers and does he have family possibly pulling for them as well?
"It would be great to get an offer from the Gophers," said Carlberg. "My relatives are all huge Gopher fans especially my grandpa and uncle. My uncle is pretty funny because he always saying stuff about how he would love me to play there and not to play for other Big Ten schools. He likes to give me crap (laughter)."
Right now, Carlberg doesn't hold any offers to this point, but is garnering attention from some of the Big Ten and others early on.
"My recruitment has been going well," said Carlberg. "I have heard from a lot of schools D-1 schools all the way to D-3 schools. I've been hearing mostly from the Big Ten schools. I've received questionnaires and other information from Nebraska, Iowa, Iowa State, Minnesota, Vanderbilt, and Michigan State."
While the recruiting process isn't something he can control, he can keep on working with his game and always being ready to work.
"I play the game hard nosed," said Carlberg. "I listen to my coach during the week and film days and put it into the game. I am a hard worker and always try to be the most prepared guy. I play fast, but under control. I love playing the game because there is nothing like it."