GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at in a few weeks?
VC: I'm about 6'5" and 330 pounds and I think that's what they want me around.
GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?
VC: My individual goals are to improve on my weaknesses and turn them into strengths and as a team, I want to win that Big Ten championship.
GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?
VC: I'm looking forward to getting stronger and more technically sound as a player. I'm already pretty strong, but I want to keep working on that strength every day that I'm up there and I have to work on my technique as well.
GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?
VC: Playing in my first game at TCF Bank Stadium. I took my official visit to Minnesota during the summer, so I was never able to see a game there except on TV. It's always loud there and there's a lot of people at each game and I can't wait to run out of the tunnel for the first time.
GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?
VC: My connection with the coaching staff. There was some change and Coach Claeys and staff kept me in the loop the whole time and I just really like them as people as well. They're going to push me to be a better people along with a player and that meant a lot to me.
GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?
VC: Wisconsin. When I was up there on my visit, Minnesota had the Jug, Pig and some others and I noticed the Axe wasn't there. I want to get that Axe back to Minnesota.
GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?
VC: All set.
GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
VC: I'm very interested in majoring in Criminal Justice and so I think I could be working for the FBI or Secret Service. Somewhere in the Criminal Justice field.
GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?
VC: As I said earlier, even though there were major changes, Coach Claeys and staff always told me that if I have any questions to tell them immediately and they'd answer them. They also told me that they're there for me no matter what and I like how they operate.
GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?
VC: What I'd always heard that Minnesota just has snow all year round and when I went up for my visit, I was shocked to see how nice it was up there. I toured the whole campus and everything and just couldn't believe how nice it was.
GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?
VC: The coaching staff has sold me that I'll be coming in and battling at the left guard position. That's where I expect to play. They've also mentioned tackle, but they already have a guy there that they like.
GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?
VC: They love that I'm a "road-grader" and that I play smash mouth football. That's what they want from their offensive linemen as they want to run the ball and move people.
GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?
VC: I haven't yet, but from what the coaches have told me, they're a great bunch of guys and I can't wait to meet them here in a few weeks.
GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?
VC: Since I was in high school, people have always called me, "Big Mike", after Michael Oher. I guess they've called me that because I'm a real nice guy off the field, but when I step on gridiron for a game, I flip the switch. I'm not someone you'd want to line up against. So I've always like Michael Oher because of that."