"The major thing was that I wanted to stay close and have the support system from my family and friends," Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge kicker Grant Ryerse said to GopherDigest. "I also decided it was the best fit on and off the field for me and I wanted to continue helping build a top program with some of the top guys in the state. I called coach O'Brien first then he had me give coach Claeys a call. OB was just really happy and said that it was great that I was staying home then he told me to call coach Claeys. Claeys was really excited and said that it was great I was staying home and was glad that I was joining the other commits."
Ryerse knows he has 100% support from his parents on this decision.
"I know my parents would be happy wherever I went, but I know they were happy that I'll be close to home now," Ryerse explained to GopherDigest. "I was sure that I wanted to go to the U on Tuesday night and I talked to my parents about it and we made the decision then. I have a lot of respect for the programs at Northwestern and Cal, but staying close to my family and all the support nearby really was the biggest factor. I've talked with coach Hippe, Minnesota's specialist coach and we said that wherever I fit in best will be where I'd play."
The in-state recruit has a message for Gopher fans.
"I'm pumped I can't wait to officially be a Gopher and play at TCF!"