Minnesota picked up their seventh commit in their 2014 class when Mansfield (TX.) Legacy senior outside linebacker Everett Williams committed Monday night. Days later, the Golden Gophers added their eighth commit when Plymouth (MN.) Wayzata senior tight end Brandon Lingen decided to stay home and play for Minnesota. He talks about getting that offer Wednesday night and what his reaction was.
"I got a call from Coach Reeves and we talked a little bit," Lingen told GopherDigest. "He just let me know they were going to be giving me a scholarship. I was very excited. I went to the game on Saturday and he told me that he would be giving me a call, but he never really told me that they would be offering me was a for sure thing or that anything was guaranteed. I have been talking to them for awhile, but it was kind of a shock and it was great."
"To be completely, I was kind of shock and it was a crazy thing receiving that Minnesota offer. I really couldn't believe what I was hearing for a second, but luckily it all worked out."
With a offer in hand, it didn't take long for the 6-5, 245 physical tight end prospect to go ahead and pull the trigger. What were the coaches reactions when they found out the news?
"I called the coaches and talked to Coach Reeves a little bit," said Lingen. "He was really fired up about the news. He was happy that I was committing and I got to talk to Coach Kill and he told me that was fired up too. Everybody just said they were fired up and I am now ready to get going."
"They didn't really address what my exact role will be, but they gave me the scholarship as a tight end," said Lingen. "They didn't get into detail on all that quite yet."
Despite not being 100% positive on what exactly he all will be doing when he gets to campus, he is just excited and thrilled to be apart of this class.
"It is an incredible feeling knowing that what they got going on there and how special it is," said Lingen. "They got some really good guys already committed in this class, so it is a blessing to be apart of that. I'm just looking forward to doing what I can to help this class. I haven't gotten a chance to talk to any of the guys and I am excited to meet them, get to know more about them and play with them.I will do whatever I can to help the Gophers succeed and if that means helping recruit some guys. I will do what I can."
"When I get up there really all I can control is how hard I work. I am just going to help the team win anyway I can. I will bring hard work and effort on the field everyday. I got that blue collar attitude and just want to get the job done everyday. It is a blessing to become a part of the family and glad I can stay home. I will try to help the home team win."