Jordahl sees "opportunity" at Minnesota

Special teams is a very crucial part of the game and Coach Kill understands that as the special teams were a reason for the Gophers' great season this past year and improved that unit today when they landed in-state long snapper Payton Jordahl as a preferred walk-on

Special teams means lot to Head Coach Jerry Kill at Minnesota and with his big turn around season this past year, the consistency of his special teams was one of the reasons for making that happen. The Gophers have been looking to add Perham (MN.) senior long snapper Payton Jordahl to the squad and earlier today got news of him accepting a preferred walk-on offer to Minnesota. He talks about the commitment and when he knew he wanted to become a Gopher.

"It has been very fun going through the recruiting process, but I am also very glad to be done and committed to Minnesota," Jordahl told GopherDigest. "I took a visit to UND and I walked into the visit with the mind set that everything that I do here is the same with the other schools I have visited. I wanted to make sure that everything worked out for me well and after finishing all my visits with all the schools that I was considering I knew that the University of Minnesota was the one that stood out to me and the place I could definitely fell like it is home to me."

"I got on the phone as soon as I made my decision and I gave Coach Kill a call. He just got done with a busy weekend of recruiting official visitors again, but I got on the phone with him and just gave him the news. He was thrilled and like most people know, not many are more classy than Coach Kill and he was very happy for me. He loves giving people opportunities and that is definitely what he did for me. I think everyone is excited as well as I am."

The 6-3, 215-pound Jordahl is not your ordinary long snapper as he played multiple positions in high school and feels he will bring a unique set of skills to this Golden Gopher team.

"I am going in as a long snapper, but Coach Kill did mention that the opportunity to play another position possibly still open," said Jordahl. "As of now, it looks that I will be coming in just an long snapper. I am totally fine with that and I'm ready for it."

"Hopefully, I will bring assurance to Minnesota fans of a good snap on every special teams play and another thing that I think is kind of unique to me unlike other long snappers is that I played linebacker and fullback four years in high school. I had some Division 2 opportunities at linebacker, so I think the cool thing about me is that I am athletic and will help make the returner goes to the sideline."

Jordahl was seriously considering North Dakota and South Dakota, but in the end, he felt that Minnesota offered him the best package and best opportunity.

"I choose Minnesota because of many reasons, said Jordahl. "It is just the Big Ten and I have always been a huge fan of the conference and I have always been a fan of the Gophers. Just getting to know Coach Kill, the staff, the people, the facilities, the education is really amazing and how supportive everyone is there. One thing that I really respect about Coach Kill and his staff is that they really put an emphasis on the term student athlete, which means student comes first. I think that is very important to myself too. All those things are things that I had to respect so much and those were major factors in my decision."

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