Janaury 15th official visit primer

With the dead period now over, Minnesota will host seven official visitors this weekend and GopherDigest gives the latest.

Preferred walk-on fullback commit Connor Mohs

Details: Mohs committed to Minnesota back on December 21st and has been solid to the Gophers since. Mohs will join former East Ridge quarterback Seth Green as Minnesota football players in 2016 and with senior Miles Thomas graduating, Minnesota will need a fullback to play right away next season. 

Preferred walk-on wide receiver candidate True Thompson

Details: Thompson is the teammate of Gophers early enrollee linebacker Thomas Barber and the son of former Minnesota running back great Darrell Thompson, so you'd have to believe Minnesota has a very good shot here. Thompson also has a preferred walk-on opportunity from Syracuse at this stage, but I beleive that if the visit goes well that Minnesota will have a good shot to gain another walk-on commitment. 

Tight end commit Ko Kieft

Details: Kieft committed to Minnesota shortly after receiving an offer in mid-December, and will finally make his next stop in Minneapolis this weekend on his official visit. Kieft was a standout at the Gophers camp this past summer and really caught the attention of Gophers TE coach Rob Reeves and eventually got his offer and pounced on it. 

In his words: "I'm really looking forward to being with the players and coaches as I just want to get a feel for what my experience will be like the next five years at Minnesota. I haven't heard from any other schools of late and I'm solid to Minnesota. I spoke with Coach Reeves this week about the visit and he's telling me that I'll love the University, their academics and the players are all really good guys. Wrestling season is going really well too as I'm 25-1 so far. My secret is really just wrestling pissy. Nothing more. Can't wait to be in my future home this weekend."

Preferred walk-on defensive end commit Nick Kramer

Details: Kramer also committed to Minnesota back in December after telling GopherDigest that it's a "dream come true" to be a Gopher. Kramer will be a defensive end for defensive line coach Jeff Phelps, but Kramer does have some other official visits planned. 

In his words: "What I'm looking forward to most is talking to Coach Phelps about the scheme and seeing what he wants to see from me. I also can't want for Fogo de Chao. I picked those two things as I respect Phelps and am excited to get to pick his brain a bit on defense and I haven't had a chance to talk to him a lot and from what I've heard from current players, they love him. And Fogo has some dang good food. I'll also be taking official visits to South Dakota on the 23rd and Wisconsin on the 30th. Wisconsin says I'll be able to play OLB there and they talk about how successful their PWO's always are. South Dakota really wants me and I could play very very early there. I think both schools have merit to what their saying and I would enjoy playing early, but I really like where I'm at now with Minnesota and it'll be tough to change my mind."

Preferred walk-on defensive tackle candidate Connor Novak-Goar

Details: Novak-Goar has the chance to join his current teammate Carter Coughlin at Minnesota if he chooses to accept his PWO this weekend, and there's a chance that could happen. Gophers need all the defensive lineman they can get and Novak-Goar would provide Minensota with some depth. 

In his words: "I'm really looking forward to spending some one on one time with the coaches as I want to learn more about the program and where they want to take it. I also want to know how I could be an impact player on and off the field and just want to get a better feel for the coaches. I have very high interest in Minnesota as I've been wanting to play football for the Gophers since I started playing football back in 3rd grade. There's a chance I could possibly commit this weekend."

Defensive end target Rhashaun Epting

Details: Epting was committed to Western Michigan until after his senior season when he decided to open things back up and Minnesota has been on his trail for a couple months now. Minnesota is need of defensive ends and Epting is near the top of the Gophers wishlist. The Illinois product doesn't have an offer yet, but that could be coming this weekend and if one is extended, Epting would commit on the spot. 

In his words: "I'm really looking forward to meeting the coaches and players, plus visiting the school for the first time. I'll be arriving Saturday morning and leaving Monday,and I'll be by myself. If Minnesota offers me, I'll commit on the spot. I've always loved Minnesota and think they'd be the perfect fit for me."

Preferred walk-on athlete commit Danny Pietruszewski

Details: Pietruszewski committed to Minnesota back in December as his mother used to work in the Gophers athletic department and he's always wanted to be a Golden Gopher. He'll be back on campus this weekend with his family.

In his words: "I'll be arriving at Minnesota on Saturday and I'm looking forward to getting a feel for what I'm going to be experiencing for the next five years of my life. Maybe meeting some of my future teammates as well. My mom will be joining me as well. To stay active, I've been playing hockey and working out in the mornings before school. Since I've been committed now for a few weeks, it's a really cool feeling to be a Gopher, especially in my community because it's rare for a kid to play at this level of football, especially at the U of M. I get congratulations from people all over town. It's pretty surreal, but also humbling at the same time. Can't wait for my official visit this weekend."

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