GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at this summer?
CO: My current height is 6'5" and I'm weighing in at 289 lbs. The staff hasn't given me a specific weight to report in at yet. I've been told to just do what I've been doing and to come in at a healthy weight.
GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?
CO: My individual goal would include being on the traveling squad my first year. As far as team goals go, I want to win the conference.
GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?
CO: I want to work on my bend and explosivness.
GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?
CO: Walking out of the tunnel into the stadium on game day.
GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?
CO: It's the team I grew up cheering for and it's always been my team, and now, I actually get to be apart of it.
GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?
CO: Iowa, because I hate them for the obvious reasons and they think they're good now, so it'd be nice to disprove them.
GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?
CO: I'm all set and ready to go.
GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CO: I imagine myself being close to finishing up medical school. I would like to graduate in the top of my class and then go on to become an orthopedic surgeon.
GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?
CO: Coach Claeys is an incredibly intelligent coach from what I've seen and I cant wait to play for him. Coach Miller is also a guy that believes in doing it the hard way, whcih I feel really is the only right way. The whole staff just feel like guys you could play for and want to push yourself for. They all invested in me, so I have to give them all what I'm capable of.
GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?
CO: The Health Career Center. There's only a few like it in the country and it's exactly what I, or any student, could ask for that's seeking to become a medical professional. I didn't know about it until my official visit and it sweetened the deal even more.
GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?
CO: Coach Miller said he's projecting me as an interior guy and that there may be some flexibility anywhere within that area.
GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?
CO: Coach Miller said he's a big fan of my ability to drive and keep driving after initial contact. He's said he's looking forward to utilizing that in the offense.
GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?
CO: Sam (Schlueter) and I talk quite a bit. I'm also in contact with Ko and Drew a decent amount. Otherwise, there's a group text and when we see each other at events.
GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?
CO: Tyler Moore. He's got some good drive and he was the guy I told myself I had to be like before I was offered if I wanted to be a Gopher.