Ashland (Neb.) offensive lineman Brett Kitrell decided to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota over other offers from schools such as Central Florida, Air Force, Army, South Dakota and South Dakota State among others. Kitrell is very close to 100% following an ACL tear during his second game of his junior season.
Scout.com has Kitrell rated as a two-star offensive lineman, and here what Midlands analyst Greg Powers had to say about Minnesota's newest offensive line commitment.
"Playing all over the place for his team in Nebraska, Kitrell will likely settle in as an offensive lineman on the next level and center would be ideal where he can use his size and quickness as more of an advantage. To play guard he will need to add some size and strength. He pulls well and is quick off the snap against his level of competition."
Here's what Kitrell told GopherIllustrated this morning about his decision.
"Minnesota has been my clear leader throughout this recruiting process since they've offered me, and it felt like this morning was an awesome time to commit and officially become a Gopher," Kitrell said to GI. "I see myself playing there at Minnesota, and I thought today was a great day to commit. I talked last night with my family about committing, and decided this morning I was going to do it. It was an awesome feeling! I called offensive line coach Bart Miller this morning and he was pumped when I told him to I wanted to be a Golden Gopher. He put the offensive coaching staff on speaker with me and it was awesome to hear how excited they were."
"I think probably the biggest factor in my decision to commit to Minnesota was I can see myself playing for coach Miller and their new physical style of offense at Minnesota," Kitrell explained to GI. "Miller has told me since they offered how much they like my physicality and explosiveness as an offensive lineman, and he can wait to use me at center. I feel great about playing center, and it works for me. My parents think it's the right fit for me at Minnesota, so they're excited as well. I'm now officially done with the recruiting process, and will no longer take any college visits except to Minnesota. As far as where I'm at with my knee, I feel that it's stronger than it's ever been as are my legs. I'm expecting to have an awesome senior year and to have an awesome ending to my high football career. My knee is 100% healthy now. Even if Nebraska offers, I'm committed to Minnesota and I'm going to Minnesota."