GopherDigest.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Minnesota staff like you to report at this summer?
CC: I am currently 6’4, 220lbs. The coaches said they love where I’m at right now, and that I will put more weight on when I get there. I am hoping to go in at about 225-230ish without sacrificing any speed or ability to move.
GopherDigest.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?
CC: Individually, I want to be the best linebacker to ever play at Minnesota. I also want to be known as one of the most determined and hardest workers on the team. As a team, I want to win a Big Ten championship followed with a shot at the national championship
GopherDigest.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?
CC: Definitely the mental perspective of the position. I am going to diligently learn the assignments, so that I don’t have to spend time processing on the field. This will be essential due to my current shoulder situation, so I want to do everything I can. Luckily I am able to work lower body so I will be ready to go!
GopherDigest.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Golden Gopher?
CC: Living my dream running out of the tunnel on September 1st. That gets my so psyched, but I also can’t wait to get after it in practice and in the weight room.
GopherDigest.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?
CC: The Minnesota coaching staff. No other coaching staff in the country is as great as the Gopher staff.
GopherDigest.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?
CC: Wisconsin or Iowa. I have grown up hating both of those schools, and I can’t wait to go take back those trophies.
GopherDigest.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?
CC: All set.
GopherDigest.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
CC: Owning a company.
GopherDigest.com: What is it about Coach Claeys and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?
CC: Their sincerity and passion for the program. They are so proud of how far the program has come, but they are determined to make it better.
GopherDigest.com: What is something you learned about the University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?
CC: The new facility coming.
GopherDigest.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?
CC: Outside linebacker.
GopherDigest.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?
CC: Rush off the edge a lot next year (freshman), then work more into a true LB role as I progress. They love my speed and want to utilize it as much as possible.
GopherDigest.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?
CC: I talk to all of the commits.
GopherDigest.com: What player do you model your game after and why?
CC: I love the way Luke Kuechly plays. He is hard nosed and punishes offensive players. That’s what I will do.null