"I'm just very grateful for the opportunity and I think there are just too many opportunities to pass up at Minnesota," Kent State safety transfer Troy Dipre said to GopherDigest. "They really stress the academic side of the school and there are great opportunties with internships. Everyone in the program is very enthusiastic about the future and I felt that it would be very cool to be a part of it."
After giving himself some time to reflect, Dipre decided the Gophers were the choice.
"I knew that Minnesota was at the top of the list, but just after the visit, my family and I felt that I could see myself succeeding as a student and player here. I did a lot of talking with my parents and they really encouraged me to get out of my comfort zone and take a chance on the place. So, I called coach Sawvel this afternoon and told him I wanted to be a Gopher. He said, "Awesome", and we're both very excited. He wants me to call him later tonight."
Dipre will be a safety for the Golden Gophers.
"We haven't really discussed how Minnesota wants to use me a whole lot yet, but they were more of selling me on coming to their overall package," Dipre explained. "I'll be working at safety though and getting onto special teams. I'll be ineligible this upcoming year, so I'll just be working hard to help the team out in any way I can. I'm extremely excited about that I'll have a year to settle into the defensive system. I'll be ready to work everyday as that's the standard I try to hold myself to. I'll redshirt this upcoming season, and then I'll have three years to play three."
The Kent State transfer has some words for Minnesota fans.
"I'm very grateful for the coaching staff to give me a spot on the team and I'll be working as hard as I can to help them program win a Big Ten championship. I'm not just coming here to just be a part of it, I want to make an impact and they will see that with my effort day in and day out."