Gophers Land In-State Kicker

Brainerd (MN.) senior kicker Logan McElfresh took a visit to Minnesota this past weekend and the opportunity of staying home to play was a big factor for him. Two days later, he accepted a preferred walk-on offer from the Gophers

The Gophers have been on a roll as of late with commitments and have been addressing special teams with preferred walk-on commits. First, Minnesota landed in-state long snapper Payton Jordahl a couple days ago and then Wisconsin native, kicker Emmit Carpenter joined the fold shortly after. Now, the Golden Gophers have received another special teams preferred walk-on commitment from Brainerd (MN.) senior kicker Logan McElfresh. He talks about his pledge to Minnesota and getting to stay home to play for his hometown school.

"Being from northern Minnesota, it's every kid's dream to be on the Gophers," McElfresh told GopherDigest. "I visited a couple other schools and when I went to Minnesota this past weekend, I fell in love with everything about the program. The visit was amazing. The school and football facilities are incredible. I also really like all of the coaches, especially Coach Nunez. It is close to home and my family plus they are all huge football fans. I loved the idea of me playing close to home."

The 6-2, 203-pound McElfresh had other opportunities presented to him throughout his recruitment, but he felt what Minnesota was just too good to pass up on.

"I had a few scholarship offers from D2 schools like UMD and the University of Mary," said McElfresh. "North Dakota State also wanted me to be a preferred walk on, but the Gophers just felt right."

McElfresh recaps how his senior season went and how he did it all for his high school this year.

"We did very well this season," said McElfresh. "We were 12-1 and got second in state for class 5A. I had a good year as well. I started at tight end along with kicking and punting. I also played running back and quarterback some too. I am just ready to be a Gopher and the Gopher football team is a first class program and that's going to continue to keep building in their program."

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories