GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at this summer?
DP: I am currently 6'3" 225 pounds and the coaches are fine with where I am at right now.
GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?
DP: My individual goal is to obviously get playing time, but I want to fulfill my role on the team in any way that is asked of me. I think as a team, our goal is to win a Big Ten Championship.
GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?
DP: I am looking forward to improving as an all around football player.
GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?
DP: I am looking forward to running onto the field at TCF playing in front of my home state. I am also looking forward to celebrating team win in the locker room after games.
GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?
DP: It has always been a dream of mine to play for the University and I believed in everything that the University has to offer from academics to the football side of things.
GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?
DP: I would say I want to beat Wisconsin the most because I was raised to be a Gopher fan and to hate the Badgers.
GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?
DP: I am all set to enroll at Minnesota.
GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
DP: I see myself in the with a steady job, a wife, and children.
GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?
DP: I have nothing but great things to say about the coaching staff. They were all very approachable, and I have a tremendous amount of respect for the staff at the University.
GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?
DP: I was surprised to see how much effort is put in to make a program such a success.
GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?
DP: I am coming as an athlete, and I believe that I will be playing the H-back position. They have also mentioned me playing linebacker or safety.
GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?
DP: They plan to take advantage of my athleticism and utilize me in many different ways.
GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?
DP: I have had communication with the other recruits and we talk about things like school and what we are doing to prepare for college.
GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?
DP: I feel that I model my play after Maxx Williams because I am a tough, physical runner, that is able to do many different things.