2017 Hopkins (Minn.) defensive end Boye Mafe turned heads this weekend at the Gophers one-day senior camp

2017 Hopkins (Minn.) defensive end Boye Mafe turned heads this weekend at the Gophers one-day senior camp, and Gopher Illustrated caught up with the in-state defensive end.

"I thought the Minnesota went pretty well as a whole," Hopkins (Minn.) defensive end Boye Mafe said to GopherIllustrated. "It was a new experience to play defensive end, but I enjoyed it and got a feel on how they do things at Minnesota. As I said, defensive end is new to me and something I have to adjust to since I only play linebacker in high school."


"The DL coach, Jeff Phelps and I talked after camp and he told me to stay in contact and that I should come back down to campus soon," Mafe explained to Scout.com. "I also talked some with Minnesota's head coach and he said that he liked my size and abilities. He knows I'm raw and not used to the defensive end position, which means that they will be able to teach me new things and they'll be fresh to me. As far as an offer, the Gopher coaches told me that they want to get to know me better first and there's a chance one comes down the road from here. A Minnesota offer would mean a lot since it's my home town school and I've always wanted to play in the Big Ten."

In addition to be a good football player for Hopkins, Mafe excels on the track as he posted a 11.58 100m, 6'4" high jump, and 44'4" shot put during the spring.

"The last year was my first year of varsity football," Mafe told GopherIllustrated. "I only played linebacker last year as well. I don't have anymore camps planned and what I'm looking to improve most on for my senior year is my physicality. When dealing with a blocker, I tend to do moves around them, and I want that to change as I want to start going through them. I'd be alright with playing defensive end in college as it's different, but I feel like I can adjust."

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