The Gophers hosted several prospects this past weekend especially most coming from in-state. One of those in-state prospects were Burnsville (MN.) junior offensive guard Benn Olson, who left having nothing bad to say about Minnesota.
“It was great,” Olson told GopherDigest. “I really love the things they have going on at Minnesota. I can’t say enough good things. I sat in on an offensive line meeting and then we walked around the practice complex (which was very impressive) and then I went to TCF where they were having practice on Saturday. I watched practice from the sidelines and once it was over I talked to (Head) Coach (Jerry) Kill, (Offensive Coordinator) Coach (Matt) Limegrover and (Linebacker) Coach (Mike) Sherels.”
“They said I looked good and that they were really excited to continue to keep recruiting me. They said that they would be watching me closely through the spring. They made it a special point that I was more than welcome at any practices and that I should try to get to more. They also said I should treat this place like home.”
The 6-5, 265-pound physical lineman felt the love during his time in Minneapolis and hopes to possibly one day represent his home state.
“I’m highly interested (in Minnesota),” said Olson. “It’d basically be a dream come true to have the opportunity to play for at the home town school.”
While he only holds one offer from South Dakota State, he is still training to improve his game this off-season, which has already made an impact.
“I’ve been hitting the weight room really hard and working with trainers to try to get stronger,” said Olson. “I’ve made great strides and have seen a lot of results.”
Olson will be heading to North Dakota State this weekend, Northern Iowa and Wyoming in the next few weekends after that. He is also hoping to get to North Dakota, South Dakota, South Dakota State’s practices at some point as well.