Carpenter "Excited" To Be A Gopher

The Golden Gophers landed a kicker for their 2014 class when Green Bay (WI.) Ashwaubenon senior kicker Emmit Carpenter decided to go ahead commit to Minnesota shortly after receiving a preferred walk-on offer.

Minnesota and Head Coach Jerry Kill are looking to have a complete team and that means special teams, which they have been addressing on the recruiting trail as of late. Green Bay (WI.) Ashwaubenon senior kicker Emmit Carpenter was offered a preferred walk-on offer to Minnesota this past week and it didn't long for him to decide that is where he like to spend his next 4 or 5 years at.

"When Minnesota extended an offer to me Wednesday night, they told me to take a few days to think it over and then get back to them on today," Carpenter told GopherDigest. "I talked to my family and I just really realized that Minnesota is a great place to be. It is one of the best academic institutions in the Midwest, so I am really started to get my education from there. They have a great coaching staff, great facilities and great football program. It will really be a nice place to go to school."

"I went to Minnesota this summer to one of their summer camps and that is how I kind of got on their radar. That is where my recruiting process with them kind of started. I went to see them play Iowa and it went great. I absolutely loved the visit and it was fun seeing the game atmosphere and seeing all the fans back the team. To just see the team in action really excited me and really sparked my interest. My ultimate goal at Minnesota is to kick off and do field goals. I am really excited to become apart of the Gopher family and experience the rich tradition of Gopher athletics and academics."

The 6-0, 190-pound Carpenter held a partial offer to Illinois State, but choose the Golden Gophers in the end. He talks about talks about possible early playing time and how his senior year went as well.

"I have been talking with Coach Jay Nunez and have created a good bond," said Carpenter. "We haven't really crossed that bridge yet on when I might see the field, but I will for sure talk with the coaches about that sometime down the road. With my commitment still being fresh, I am just really really excited to be apart of the team and get into a Gopher uniform."

"I had a really fun senior year. I was the kicker for my high school team and I also returned kicks and punts. I played defensive back and wide receiver as well. I was pretty busy and it was really fun experiencing all that with all my teammates. We went 10-0 in the regular season and were conference champs, but then we lost in the second round of the playoffs. I think I made like 8 or so field goals throughout the season and quite a few were over 40 yards. In a game, the farthest kick I have ever made is 51 yards."

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