JUCO RB Kobe McCrary is bringing with his winning attitude to Minnesota

El Dorado (Kan.) running back and new Gopher signee Kobe McCrary 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: I am currently 6'1" 230 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?

KM: My individual goal is to just become a better all-around running back. I feel like people look at me as a third down back, but I can do just as much as the little backs. My team goal is to just become a leader and lead the team to its first win against Oregon State. Me and Big G (Garrison Wright) were on a winning team, so we know what it takes to win.

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

KM: I'm looking to get faster this off-season. If I get my break away speed a little faster, I feel I'll be scary in the backfield.

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

KM: What I'm looking forward to the first game of the season.

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

KM: The main reason I picked Minnesota was the coaching staff. Every last coach made me feel like I was at home and I loved it. The other reason is the fact they're in the Big 10. A lot of good competition in the Big Ten.

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

KM: I really don't have that one team I really want to beat. I'm going to play in all of them, but I'm looking forward to the Penn State game at their place. Thats gonna be a crazy game.

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

KM: I just have to finish up this semester with my math classes, then I'll be all set to be there in June.

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

KM: If I dont make it to the NFL, I want to be a running back coach.

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

KM: The coaching staff is similar to the coaching staff at my JUCO, Butler. Coach Claeys reminds me of my old head coach, Coach Morrell.

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

KM: Nothing too much. 

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

KM: I will be playing running back. Coach Poore and Claeys want a bigger body to wear down the defense. Not too many safeties want to tackle a 230 pound running back in the 4th quarter.

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

KM: 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?

KM: Just Garrison really. 

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

KM: Who I think I model my game after would be Le'Veon Bell and Todd Gurley. Both are bigger backs who can do it all, just like me. Run between the tackles, outside the tackles, pass protect and catch out the back field.


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