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Kamal Martin wants to get a Big Ten championship back to Dinkytown

Burnsvillle (Minn.) outside linebacker and new Gopher signee Kamal Martin is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2016 class and he went in-depth with GopherDigest.com to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota.

GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at this summer?

KM:  6'3, 230. They don't have a preference, but I'm planning on staying at this current weight

GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

KM: Individual goals would be playing to the best of my ability and giving this university everything I have! Team goals would hopefully being in a race to win the big ten championship! I believe this recent class that just signed, the coaching staff, and the current players have the same goal also.

GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

KM: I am really going to focus on technique according to my outside linebacker position. A lot more lateral footwork.

GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?

KM: Definitely running out of that tunnel with all my brothers and seeing the best fans in the nation screaming at us!

GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

KM: Absolute perfect fit, academically and athletically. It is a no brainier when a school has a plan for you both on and off he field that will set you up for not just 4 years, but 40+ years.

GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

KM: Personally, I go into every game with the same mindset, no matter who the opponent is, we show no fear! But it will be fun when we get that axe back in Minny!

GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

KM: I will be applying ASAP, after that I will be all set and ready to roll!

GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

KM: I see myself staying in Minnesota, hopefully around the program maybe as a Coach, if not, I definitely see myself in the sports medicine area!

GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

KM: They are truly there for you. They want you to succeed just as bad as you wanna see yourself succeed on and off the field!

GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

KM: I was extremely surprised and happy when I saw the new facility outline!

GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

KM: I expect to play OLB and that's what they expect out of me too!

GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

KM: They told me that they believe I would help them tremendously at the OLB spot because of my combination of size, physicality and athleticism.

GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

KM: Everyday! We have a very strong bond already as we have been communicating in the group chat almost everyday!

GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

KM: That's a hard question because I pretty much take everyone's game and put into my own, I try to be a visual learner also when watching the game on TV.  I just focus on everything there doing and apply it to my game.


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