The Gophers recently hosted Wayzata (MN.) junior outside linebacker Nick Kramer on an unofficial visit. The physical defender was also an attendee at Minnesota’s junior day in early February, but this trip seemed to be a more relaxing one to the point of where he felt at home.
“I went on a spring practice visit to Minnesota,” Kramer told GopherDigest. “It was awesome. I felt like I belonged there and loved the way practice was ran. I attended the linebacker position meeting, though they don’t know if they want me at linebacker and defensive end. I will be going again soon.”
“On the visit, I didn’t get the chance to talk much to the coaches because they were all talking to Carter because that was the day he committed. Coach (Mike) Sherels and Coach (Jerry) Kill will be at Wayzata April 15th, when the recruiting period opens back up.”
Minnesota under Head Coach Jerry Kill has made it a point of emphasis on in-state recruiting and keeping the top prospects home. The Gophers have tapped into Wayzata High School and landed a few recruits over the years from there and the 6-4, 215-pound versatile defender thought the highlight of his entire visit was just getting to see all the former Wayzata players and also having that potential to succeed in Minneapolis.
“My favorite part had to be seeing the former Wayzata players who now play at Minnesota (5 I believe) it just showed me it was real. Also, just comparing my size and speed to the other linebackers was cool. It shows I can play there, which would be my family favorite school.”
Kramer currently only holds one offer from Northern Iowa so far in his recruitment, but is hearing from a number of others including Minnesota. If the hometown Gophers were to extend an offer out to him, how much would that mean to him?
“It would mean the world,” said Kramer. “I love Gopher football and I know Coach Kill wants players like that. Let’s say it would be extremely hard to say no. The Gophers are legit no doubt about it. It would be a blessing to help build the already impressive 2016 class and help the Gophers back to a championship program.”