The 2016 class in Minnesota looks to be very strong and one of the top players is Woodbury (MN.) East Ridge junior defensive tackle Jojo Garcia. He recently camped at the Sound Mind Sound Body camp in Detroit, Michigan and took away more on the other side of football in the mental aspect of it that usually gets overlooked.
"It was alright," Garcia told GopherDigest. "I didn't do as great as I could in terms of without pads and I had to get used to that. I just had to get through it. I learned you just got to be more vicious and be more of a dog and have that fight in me. The mental part of football is what I really learned. It was great and I really enjoyed my time."
Garcia sits as the No. 18 ranked defensive tackle in the nation and a four star recruit by Scout. The 6-3, 270-pound physical interior lineman has one offer currently from the hometown Gophers and a decision could be on the horizon.
"My recruitment is going great," said Garcia. "I got the offer from Minnesota and that is the greatest thing ever, so recruiting is going pretty good right now. In the next month or two, I will be deciding and Minnesota is definitely my favorite."
During his time at the camp, Garcia spent plenty of time with fellow Minnesota native in senior defensive end Jashon Cornell with both being in the same defensive line group. He talks about their friendship and if he feels the Gophers are a player for Cornell.
"Jashon is my best friend and we are very close," said Garcia. "We don't talk about football much. I wish he was looking at Minnesota, but I am not sure. He keeps his recruitment more on the private side, but I have been trying to give him some different thoughts."