Top 55 OG Schmitz flips to the Golden Gophers to join head coach P.J. Fleck

Top 55 OG Schmitz flips to the Golden Gophers to join new Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck

"When I woke up this morning, I just saw all the messages saying Fleck was leaving Western Michigan, and I didn't know what to say when I saw it," Illinois offensive lineman John Michael Schmitz explained to GopherIllustrated. "Like I was just thinking to myself, could this be the opportunity I was looking for because as a little kid I always wanted to play Big Ten. Coach P.J. Fleck told me to call him around 9 PM tonight and he offered me at Minnesota then. I talked with my family afterwards, and then made the decision I wanted to be a Gopher."

"He said he wanted to offer me tonight because he loves the way I play and he likes how physical I am as a offensive lineman," Schmitz said to GopherIllustrated. "After Fleck offered, my family and I talked it over, saying if it was the right decision for me, and we thought it was the right fit. So I made the call back to coach Fleck that I wanted to commit to come with him to Minnesota. He was very excited, and now I'm pumped to be a Gopher. I'd say what I do best as an offensive lineman is how I move well, and can get to the second level and do damage. All I know about Minnesota is it's cold up there, but I know that the new facilities are being built and should be done by October."

Schmitz just knew that he couldn't pass up a chance to play in the Big Ten. 

"Following coach Fleck to Minnesota just means a lot because I get to play in the Big Ten. I always wanted to play in the Big Ten since I was a little kid, and now I'll get my chance. Coach Fleck has something special going, and I want to be a part of it. His energy just motivates you and gets you pumped up. That's the coach I want to play for. I believe I'll be playing guard there, and I'm definitely good with that. I want Minnesota fans to know I can't wait to be a Gopher, and Ski-U-Mah!"

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