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Minnesota PWO DB signee Calvin Swenson wants to get the Axe back to Dinkytown

Kaukauna (Wis.) safety and new Gopher signee Calvin Swenson 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?

CS: I am currently 6 ft tall and weigh between 195-200 lbs. The Gophers want me to come in at about the same weight I am right now.

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

CS: As a walk-on it is my goal to get on full scholarship. My team goal would be to win a Big 10 championship and win back all of the trophies from rivalry games.

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

CS: I really want to improve my speed, strength, and explosiveness. All three of these make you a better athlete and allow you to eventually develop the skills to be a better player.

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

CS: Winning a Big 10 championship. 

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

CS: I really liked campus and the family atmosphere of the team. I also have a really good relationship with the coaching staff. 

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

CS: Bringing the axe back to Minnesota would be a great achievement.

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

CS: I am all set to enroll.

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

CS: Hopefully as a doctor somewhere.

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

CS: I have a great relationship with them and they gave me an opportunity to live my dream of playing Division 1 college football.

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

CS: The athletic teams have a 3.24 GPA. That's impressive. 

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

CS: I expect to play safety.

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

CS: Play safety and be used on special teams 

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

CS: I had the most communication with John Mack and Mark Williams. They were on my visit with me. The day I committed I also got a direct message from Kamal Martin that said congratulations but now it's time to go to work.

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

CS: Harrison Smith. He can play the run but also has exceptional cover skills.


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