"I decided to flip to Minnesota as both NDSU and the Gophers have great programs with great coaches, but I've always wanted to play FBS Big Ten football and Minnesota gave me that opportunity," new Gophers TE commit Ko Kieft said to GopherDigest. "I called Coach Reeves and Claeys last night to commit and both were excited that I committed and they believe I can play Big Ten football. Coach Reeves really likes my physicality and Claeys believes I'm a Big Ten player and he's excited to have me in the fold. My family supports me on this decision too, so I'm excited."
Kieft already has a chip on his shoulder and one that he'll be bringing with him to Minneapolis.
"What has me most excited about becoming a Gopher is that I now have a chance to play Big Ten football and prove some of the in-state schools wrong," Kieft told GopherDigest. "Plus I want to be a doctor someday and Minnesota has a great undergrad program from that. It doesn't matter to me that I'm switching positions from defensive end at NDSU to tight end at Minnesota. Some things still may change and you never know. I might change positions yet, so I'm just going to be the best team player I can be."
While the new Gopher commit doesn't anticipate anything happening, he still has to take his official visit yet.
"I need to take my official visit to Minnesota yet, but I'm excited to be a Gopher."