Marshall (Minn.) wide receiver Drew Hmielewski made it official on Tuesday night when he called Gophers head coach Jerry Kill to commit to the Golden Gophers. GopherDigest spoke with the new Minnesota commit to learn more about his decision.
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"My family and I talked things over last night and decided the Minnesota was going to be my next home," Hmielewkski said to GopherDigest.com. "It was a decision we talked about a lot especially after my unofficial visit there over the weekend and it just felt right."
Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill was the first coach that Hmielewski called to make his decision official.
"After practice today, I called Coach Kill and he was excited," Hmielewski explained. "He was just getting done with practice and he pumped to have me in the fold. I visited Minnesota for one of their practices over the weekend and it was cool to see practice, but I really wanted to talk things over with their football staff. I camped at Minnesota in June for more of a one on one type of workout and I was honored to even be there then. I did well that day and the Gophers have been in touch with me a ton since then. The message I got from the Minnesota staff was they didn't want to push me toward football in college, but if I decided I wanted to play it, that they'd have a spot for me on the team and that they'd really want me if that was the decision I came to. Obviously that's the way things worked out, so I'm excited to be a Gopher."
The Marshall three-sport standout is planning on playing multiple sports while on campus here in the Twin Cities.
"I do plan on playing both football and baseball while at Minnesota," Hmielewski told GopherDigest. "I spoke with both staff's over the weekend and it seems like the right fit for me. I will be playing wide receiver at Minnesota, so I'm still just trying to soak in the moment."
What does Hmielewski think about his comparisons to former Gopher two-sport great Eric Decker?
"For people who compare me to him, I'm just at a loss for words I guess," Hmielewski said. "It's an honor to even be mentioned in the same breath as him. I guess I've never thought about being the next Eric Decker potentially, so all I'm going to do is work as hard as I can and maybe one day that'll happen."
The Marshall playmaker has a message for Gopher fans.
"I'm extremely honored to call myself a Gopher tonight and I want to thank the fans for all their support so far. It's been amazing. I'm just another brick, so let's keeping building this think Brick by Brick. Go Gophers!"