Gophers offensive line signee John Michael Schmitz wants to run all over Michigan in the Big House by the time he graduates

Flossmoor (Ill.) Homewood offensive lineman and new Gopher signee John Michael Schmitz is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2017 class and he went in-depth with GopherIllustrated.com to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota.

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GopherIllustrated.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Gopher staff like you to report at this summer?

John Michael Schmitz: I'm 6'4" and around 285 lbs, and I'll probably be reporting a little heavier than that. 

GopherIllustrated.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

JMS: I hope to accomplish a lot with this team I want this team to be one of the best in college football and I want to be one of the best lineman that walked through the doors at Minnesota

GopherIllustrated.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

JMS: I am looking forward to working on my strength and also my footwork.

GopherIllustrated.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Gopher?

JMS: The future moment I'm looking forward to is watching the confetti come down after we won the national championship.

GopherIllustrated.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

JMS: The main reason I came to Minnesota was of coach P.J. Fleck because that guy is a special guy and I want to be a part of what he is going to have in Minnesota.

GopherIllustrated.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

JMS: The team I want to beat is Michigan. I want to go to their house and run all over them.

GopherIllustrated.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

JMS: I'm all set to enroll! 

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GopherIllustrated.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

JMS: In 10 years, I see myself being successful at whatever I'm doing. 

GopherIllustrated.com: What is it about Coach Fleck and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

JMS: Coach Fleck and the coaching staff are elite and I can't wait to play for them they are some special guys who wouldn't want to play for them.

GopherIllustrated.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

JMS: I expect to play center at Minnesota, but I can also play guard.

GopherIllustrated.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

JMS: They plan to use my strengths to make the Gophers offensive line the most physical and meanest O-Line in the country.

GopherIllustrated.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

JMS: Yeah we talk to each other everyday.

GopherIllustrated.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

JMS: J.J. Watt because I love how he works. Even though he is a defensive lineman, I still look up to him .


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