Minnesota and head coach Jerry Kill know the importance of finding good walk-ons that could develop and become contributors to the team. A position that is down is the quarterback position with Philip Nelson deciding to shockingly transfer after starting most of this season. The Gophers, however picked up a preferred walk-on commitment from Roseville (MN.) senior quarterback Jacques Perra. He talks about why he committed to Minnesota and why now.
"Well, the official visit went really well and Coach Kill and Coach Zebrowski made me really comfortable the whole time," Perra told GopherDigest. "They said it was a golden opportunity for me to come into the program. They made me feel like they really wanted me. On Tuesday Coach Kill came and visited me at school and talked to me and my coach. He's really just made me feel like they wanted me."
"Coach Kill seemed really excited when I told him the news I was committing and he said it made his day. He kept saying how awesome it was, he was truly excited."
The 6-3, 195-pound signal caller was the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year and led his team to a 10-2 record this past season. He compiled in his senior campaign 3,071 passing yards and 35 touchdown passes with just 4 interceptions. He also rushed for 347 yards along with 4 rushing scores. Now that he is apart of this Minnesota's incoming 2014 class, he hopes to be the second coming of a current Gopher quarterback for Minnesota.
"I see myself right now as more of a passer, but I can pass from anywhere," said Perra. I have the body to get a lot bigger and will be able to run the ball if needed. I see myself playing like Mitch Leidner in the future."
While on his official visit last weekend, Perra was not the only recruit on campus as he got the opportunity to interact with a lot of the other recruits especially Ashburn (VA.) Briar Woods rising senior wide receiver Melvin Holland. What does he think of Holland possibly becoming a Golden Gopher?"Hopefully we get Melvin (Holland)," said Perra. "He's a really good big receiver that has a lot of potential and he I know he liked his visit. He would be huge for the recruiting class and I hope we can land him."