Sidders has a tough decision to make

Middle Tennessee State graduate long snapper transfer and Delafield (Wis.) native Blaine Sidders took an official visit to Minnesota the last two days and is now faced with a tough decision. GopherDigest spoke with Sidders to learn more about his upcoming decision.

Middle Tennessee State graduate long snapper transfer and Delafield (Wis.) native Blaine Sidders took an official visit to Minnesota the last two days and is now faced with a tough decision. GopherDigest spoke with Sidders to learn more about his upcoming decision.

"My father and I came up here for a quick official visit yesterday," Sidders said. "We got here yesterday afternoon and left this morning, but it was a good visit."

Sidders has been in contact with Minnesota for a few weeks now.

"They're looking for a long snapper with some game experience to come in and compete with the existing guys they have there and have an open competition come fall camp," Sidders said about Minnesota. " Coach Nunez and I have been in contact for the last week or so trying to figure out this whole situation. We wanted to get up here and do the visit as soon as possible, just so we can get everything going for them and I could make a decision on whether or not to take my fifth year there or just be done with football. During my visit though, we were able to take a tour of the athletic facilities and around the campus. I was also able to get a chance to meet a few of the guys on special teams as well as some of the coaches on staff. We discussed what it would be like at practice and everything during fall camp and the season. I thought the campus and facilities were incredible. Some of the best facilities I've seen and the campus is beautiful. I really liked seeing how they were all about tradition there at Minnesota and remembering the great history and moments that have happen at Minnesota. The culture that has been installed by Coach Kill in that program is really impressive."

The Gopher coaches and players were very honest and clear about what to expect at Minnesota.

"The coaches said they're looking for a guy to come in and compete with the other snappers, but they like that I have actual game experience and they've liked what they saw from film when I played at MTSU. They also feel that I fit in well with the kind of guys they want on the team, especially the specialists. My host for the visit was Peter Mortell and he was great. Being specialists and a little older, it was nice to be able to talk about out experiences from games and everything. We both have worked with the same special teams company in Kohl's Kicking Camps and both of us grew up in Wisconsin, so I think we've known of each other for sometime, but he did a great job of answering any questions I had and I was able to meet some of the guys on the team through him."

Sidders has a tough decision to make here in the next few days.

"The next step is really just for me to talk with my family and those close to me and figure out what would be best for my future before I make a decision on whether or not to take the opportunity with Minnesota," Sidders said. "Whoever wins the starting long snapper spot with get the scholarship as far as I know. So if I choose Minnesota, I would be coming into compete for the starting spot and if I earn the spot, I would then be put on scholarship. I'm hoping to have a decision by next week, but I want to make sure whatever decision I make, I want to be 100% positive on it. I'll take whatever amount of time I need, but hoping to have a decision by next week."

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