Whalen Grows More Intrigued In Minnesota

One of the top linebackers in Wisconsin made the trek over the border to watch the Gophers take on the Hawkeyes and saw his interest rise after his time in Minneapolis

The Gophers had several visitors in town to watch their dismantling of Iowa and see them take back the Floyd of Rosedale. One of those prospects on hand was Wausau (WI.) West senior middle linebacker Jake Whalen, who enjoyed his time in Minneapolis and also got to talk with quarterback coach Jim Zebrowski about his potential position at Minnesota.

“It was sweet,” Whalen told GopherDigest. “We got a tour through the locker room on field pregame, watched the game from the 50 yard line and went back to the recruiting room and talked to Coach Zebrowski. They like me at their fullback type and think I’m a hard nosed football player with a great motor that fits that spot perfect. I’m going to call later this week with my coach and clarify what’s going on now and what steps they’re going to take in the process. Coach Z is awesome. He is a pretty upbeat guy.”

The 6-2, 220-pound linebacker, who sits as the No. 48 ranked middle linebacker and a three star recruit by Scout - really feels his interest level in the Gophers rise.

“I am very interested in Minnesota,” said Whalen. “It is a Big Ten school picking up speed. They have made a huge improvement this year and are winning big games. They have definitely sparked my interest. I like the physicality they play with on both sides of the ball. I do not yet have a top list and I will probably start to narrow it down after the Iowa visit. I have Iowa visit and Wisconsin again for either the Nebraska game or Minnesota game.”

Whalen also made note of the blue collar mentality Wisconsin native prospects have and know fans in Minnesota would definitely not be disappointed if more kids crossed the border.

“(Gopher fans) won’t be disappointed if they pick up Wisconsin kids,” said Whalen. “We’re hard working and play with a chip on our shoulders.”


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