Minnesota has been looking to fill out their recruiting class for next season and that includes the walk-ons they will bring in as well. An area the Gophers have gotten good success with walk-ons is in the special teams department where they recently picked up another one in Cedar Falls (IA.) senior long snapper Trey Hansen after he accepted an preferred walk on offer to Minnesota. He talks about why Minnesota was his choice and his relationship with special teams quality control coach Jay Nunez.
“Well, I am from Minnesota and it has been my dream school all along,” Hansen told GopherDigest. “I am very familiar with the area and the coaches have been great to me. I love the way the program is going and Coach Kill is a great coach! Everything seems like a perfect fit.”
“Jay Nunez the special teams coordinator was my main recruiter. He said they need a snapper this year and someone to come in and compete for the position when I get on campus and that is what I want to do. Long snap and/or short snap I am confident. My goal is to come in and compete. I have competed with some of the best in the nation in camps the past few years and just continue to try and improve and eventually make an impact on the field.”
The 6-2, 205-pound long snapper has established a strong bond with Coach Nunez and now apart of this class is just ready to get to work.
“We have a great relationship and we talk weekly and have been in contact the past 8 or so months,” said Hansen. “He really helped in the process because he was honest with me through the whole process and the entire coaching staff handles it all first class, which is important in making a decision. I can’t wait to join the Gopher family and get to work!”“It’s a dream come true to be apart of the Gopher family and I can’t wait to come play for Coach Kill and win lots of games.”