"I knew that after I researched Minnesota that it was a place I was very interested in, and I just wanted to get up there to see it for my own two eyes," Tulsa (Okla.) Union linebacker Kyrei Fisher said to GopherDigest. "I knew in my heart that I was ready to commit as soon as the visit concluded on Saturday. The city of Minneapolis, the Gopher coaches, their academics and everything there was just top of the line, so I knew I wanted to be a Gopher."
Fisher and family had a busy unofficial visit to Dinkytown over the weekend.
"I was able to talk with head coach Tracy Claeys and he told me all about his history, plus he told me everything about Minnesota that I needed to know," Fisher explained to GopherDigest. "I also got to talked with the defensive coordinator in Jay Sawvel, and he told me what I would be doing on defense and how with my skill set, I could play outside or inside linebacker for them. I also was able to see their facilities, which were ridiculously good, and I also was able to break away from the coaches and view the beautiful city of Minneapolis. I also got to hang out with the players too. Honestly, it was love at first sight with me and Minnesota. I just loved how open and nice everything was, and they're currently building new facilities too that are going to be top of the line. I honestly can't pin point a favorite part of the visit this last weekend, as everything was great."
"My hosts on the visit were Jaylen Waters and Ray Buford, and they told me that the team is coming together and we are going to be solid these upcoming years," Fisher told GopherDigest. "They also said it's going to be cold, but we got gear that's going to keep us all types of warm, so not to worry about it. My family loved the visit too. They've gone with me to every school I've visited, and this visit to Minnesota was by far their favorite. So after the visit was over, we were sitting there in the hotel and we made the decision that Minnesota is going to be the place for me. I asked one of the coaches if I could get on the phone with Claeys because my family and I had talked it over and I was ready to commit, so we did it. Claeys asked me if I was absolutely positive that I wanted to be a Gopher, and I told him yes, and he's really happy to have me now. Minnesota just felt like how because of their coaches, players, strong academics and the city. Every prayer I ask God to lead me, and this is where he led me, so that's how I know it's home."
Fisher also has a message for Gopher fans.
"I'm 100% committed to Minnesota, and I want fans to be prepared for dominance on defense as a new era of Gopher Football is on the horizon."