The Gophers received good news on Friday morning when graduate transfer safety Eric Amoako decided to play his final season at Minnesota

The Gophers received good news on Friday morning when graduate transfer safety Eric Amoako decided to play his final season at Minnesota this fall. Amoako spoke with GopherDigest about his decision.

"It's been a long process, but I'm excited for my next step at Minnesota," Former Oregon and Houston Baptist defensive back Eric Amoako said to GopherDigest. "When I ultimately decided that I wanted to use my fifth year of eligibility at different school, I knew I had to kick it into other gear with my coursework and I've been taking a lot of extra credits to make sure that I'm ready for my next opportunity at Minnesota. I had walk-on opportunities at Houston and Texas Tech, but I just didn't really get a great feel that those two schools really wanted me. I then received scholarship opportunities from Louisiana-Monroe and Minnesota and once those two schools offered, I knew I had to take them seriously and ultimately after visiting Minnesota earlier this week, I feel that it's a great fit for me."

Amoako believes that Minnesota will give him the best opportunity to succeed this fall. 

"The Gopher coaches told me that they're 100% bringing me in to compete for playing time this fall," Amoako explained to "They were telling me that they wouldn't be interested and wouldn't offer me a scholarship if they didn't think I could play this fall. They're looking at me as a safety and that's fine with me as I've played corner, slot and safety throughout my time in college, and so this will be nothing new to me. I know about how coach Sawvel works well with defensive backs and they've had a few guys in the league in the last couple of years, and I'm excited to play for him and coach Claeys. I really liked the campus too when I was up there and when I came back home last night, I talked about it with my family and came to the decision that Minnesota is going to be the place for me this fall. I ultimately decided to leave Oregon after two years because I really wanted a chance to play and didn't feel that Oregon was the right fit for that. Sure, I could have continued there for the remainder of my schooling, but I'd rather play and lose, then sit and win. I want to work and earn for everything I have, and so I decided to move back to Texas and finish out at Houston Baptist as I could play right away there, and not have to sit out a year."

The Texas defensive back is going to back on campus here very shortly for Minnesota. 

"I believe they start summer school on the 13th, so I'll drive my car up there from Texas around then. What I want Minnesota fans to know, is that I want to finish my collegiate career with a bang. I've worked tremendously hard throughout college and these last few months specifically in the classroom, so that I could reach this opportunity with the Gophers. I will not squander this chance and I will work hard each and every day while I'm up there so that we can achieve great things on the field this fall."

Gopher Illustrated Top Stories