"The Minnesota visit to spring practice on Saturday went well," Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge kicker Grant Ryerse said to Gopherdigest. "I got to talk to talk to coach O'Brien for a long time and I also got to talk to head coach Tracy Claeys and new special teams coach Adam Hippe as well."
Ryerse and the Gopher coaches had some good talks about what the next steps are for the in-state kicker.
"Coach O'Brien and I mostly just talked about the recruiting process and the timetable for my decision," Ryerse told GopherDigest. "I'm going to do a number of camps this summer, so I'd like to make a decision after those camps, but before the season starts. I'm doing two or three college camps this summer with schools like Minnesota, Northwestern, and possibly Cal, then I will do a number of other competitions as well. Coach O'Brien said that it's good because I can get the opportunity to compete with guys from all over the country and show them what I can do. I've probably been to eight Gopher practices in the past three years, so not much has changed and I still remain interested"
The Northwestern Wildcats also had Ryerse on campus recently.
"The Northwestern visit went well as I got to spend a lot of time with the coaches and players. I also liked to see the academic side of Northwestern too," Ryerse explained to GopherDigest. "Their coaches want to evaluate me in person first this spring and then they'll make a final decision on an offer. I think an offer from the Wildcats would be great because Northwestern is in my top 3 schools."
The East Ridge kicker has a group of schools that are standing out currently.
"My top three schools right now in no order are Minnesota, Northwestern and Cal," Ryerse said. "When I do make my decision this summer, the thing I'm most interested in is the balance between the football program and the academic situation of the school. That'll be a huge deal to me."