The Gophers got some big news on Monday when Grand Rapids (MI.) West Catholic senior tight end Bryce Witham announced he committed to Minnesota via Twitter. He took an official visit to Minneapolis a couple weeks ago and left feeling very impressed, which lead him to ultimately choosing Minnesota.
"I have never really taken a big visit like an official visit to like a big school, so I didn’t really know what to expect coming in," Witham told GopherDigest. "I came in looking for a few basic things I guess coming in and it turned out they impressed me in every bit in every way possible."
"I went there on my visit and I loved it. I can’t tell you one bad thing about it. I thought it was a great fit for me. The people that are there are fan-static in the coaches and the players. The fans and everything that supports Minnesota is unlike any school I have ever seen. The support for that program is ridiculous."
The 6-4, 240-pound Witham is ranked the No. 38 ranked tight end in the nation and a three star recruit by Scout. He chose the Gophers over Buffalo, Central Michigan, Southern Mississippi and Toledo along with receiving interest from Michigan State and Purdue.His main recruiter has been tight end Coach Robert Reeves, who he has established a strong bond with as well as the headman himself in Jerry Kill.
(Coach Reeves) is a great guy," said Witham. "I couldn’t say anything bad about him and I love him. He is a great coach. (Coach Kill) is a fan-static guy and I can see why so many people love playing for him."
He becomes the first tight end commit in the recruiting class and the 21st commitment overall in their class. He also is the second commitment from the Great Lake State joining Southfield (MI.) senior cornerback Ray Buford.
Witham knows he is going to have to work hard to excel at Minnesota and to even just get on the field, but he is up to the challenge and is very excited to be a Gopher.
"I don’t know when I will get on the field or any of that stuff, but I am going to give my best and work really hard in the weight room in the off-season and during the season," said Witham. "I am going to do my best to give what I can to the program. I’m extremely excited to be apart of a program that is on the rise and has been having some success the past few years and will continue to have a lot of success."Minnesota has now added three commitments in the past six days.