Kyle Sassack (Allen Trieu / Scout)

Top 65 OT Kyle Sassack wants to follow Fleck to become a Golden Gopher

Top 65 OT Kyle Sassack wants to follow new Gophers coach P.J. Fleck from Western Michigan to Minnestoa to become a Golden Gopher

"The morning Coach Fleck left WMU to go to Minnesota, he told me to call him personally, and when I did, he told me his reasoning and about Minnesota," Michigan offensive tackle Kyle Sassack said to GopherIllustrated. "He told me he wanted me to be a part of his culture and that I would really fit in. I was honored. Making the decision was not easy due to not seeing the campus and facilities, but after a lot of research online and talk with my family I decided I could not pass up this opportunity."

"Coach Fleck told me the opportunity to be the head coach at Minnesota was too big to pass up, and was a life long dream of his. It is a place that his culture can strive, and so he took the job. I've learned a lot about Minnesota in the last few days regarding the education, city, campus, football program, and style of living. They all seem to fit me. What made me want to commit to Minnesota without seeing it yey is the possibility to succeed with coach Fleck is inevitable and the opportunity to be coached by him in a Big Ten setting is something you can't pass up."

New Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck has been high on Sassack for a long time. 

"Coach Fleck has told me that my athletic ability and passion for the game separate me from the rest," Sassack told GopherIllustrated. "When I called him to commit, coach Fleck was ecstatic and told me I could not have made a better choice. I have always wanted to play for a Big Ten school and after doing lots of research with my parents, I saw how beautiful the campus and facilities were and decided that it was the place for me. I'll be taking my official visit on January 20th with my family. The recruiting process is over for me as I'll be attending Minnesota. I want Gopher fans to know that I just can't wait to be a part of the Minnesota family!"

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