2017 Woodbury (Minn.) tight end Nathan Bursch has committed to play football at the University of Minnesota

2017 Woodbury (Minn.) tight end Nathan Bursch has committed to play football at the University of Minnesota following an unofficial visit today.


Woodbury (Minn.) tight end Nathan Bursch decided to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota this evening following an unofficial visit to their campus with his family. New Gophers tight end commit Nathan Bursch was offered a full-ride scholarship to Minnesota last week after a strong performance at their camp on June 12th, and didn't waste anytime in accepting the Gophers offer. 

Bursch is the fifth in-state recruit to commit to the Gophers thus far, joining Blaise AndriesEric Abojei, Dominik London and Grant Ryerse.


Scout.com has Bursch rated as a three-star, the second best tight end in Minnesota, and the 60th rated running back in the country. Here's what Midwest analyst Allen Trieu had to say about Minnesota's new tight end commit. 

"Bursch is a kid that's just coming on the scene, but he has the size and ability to be a power-five tight end at the next level. He's more of a traditional tight end. A guy I see as a really strong blocker and will contribute more in the short to intermediate passing game than stretch the field. In a day where a lot of tight end prospects are more receivers or converted receivers, I think a big, strong guy who is physical like this is a great asset because they're becoming increasingly more rare."

Here's what Minnesota's newest tight end commit said to GopherDigest. 

"I decided to commit yesterday as I wanted to play for my hometown team," Bursch said to GopherDigest. "I've also always wanted to have my family and friends be able to come watch me play. I love Minnesota and have watched them all my life. I also was ready to be done with the recruiting process, as I wanted to just focus on my upcoming season. I think going into the visit yesterday, my parents and I knew I was going to commit. I asked my parents what they thought of me committing before, and they thought it was a great idea. I just wanted to sit down and talk with coach Claeys and the coaches first. Then after we were done talking, I felt it was right to commit. Claeys' message to me during the meeting was that the goal is to get a degree and win a Big Ten championship and that hit me as something I want to do."

"My mom, dad, coach Claeys, coach O'Brien and Glasscock were in the room with me, and when I told the coaches I wanted to commit, coach Claeys told me "you got to be all in", and I told him I was ready to be. O'Brien jumped up and did a fist pump as he was really excited. Minnesota wants to use me at tight end and they've said I will be their best blocking tight end. They also told me how they see me like Maxx Williams was and that the sky is the limit for me. It means the world to be a Gopher now as I bleed Maroon and Gold. I'm all done with the recruiting process and I want fans to know I'm proud to play for this great state and I'm going to do whatever it takes to win."

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