GopherIllustrated.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Gopher staff like you to report at this summer?
Jacob Paulson: I am 6'5" and 250 pounds. They want me to lean out a little, so come in around 245 or so.
GopherIllustrated.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?
JP: I buy into what coach Fleck says to win the Big 10 West and a National Championship. I think he can get us there.
GopherIllustrated.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?
JP: To get stronger and to work on my speed and change of direction.
GopherIllustrated.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Gopher?
JP: Playing in the Big 10 at some of the biggest stadiums in the country and winning there.
GopherIllustrated.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?
JP: I loved everything about it when I went on my official visit and with coach Fleck coming in and the new facilities they are getting, it pushed me over the edge.
GopherIllustrated.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?
JP: Wisconsin or Iowa because they are two big rivals and are very good teams, plus Wisconsin was a top 10 team.
GopherIllustrated.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?
JP: I'm all set to enroll.
GopherIllustrated.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
JP: Working in a Fortune 500 company in Minneapolis after I get my business degree.
GopherIllustrated.com: What is it about Coach Fleck and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?
JP: They have such high energy, excitement and genuinely care about the players and want to have a great relationship. It's more than just football to them.
GopherIllustrated.com: What is something you learned about University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?
JP: That they were getting brand new facilities, Minnesota is the state school so there is no in state rival school, and that there are 17 Fortune 500 companies in Minneapolis.
GopherIllustrated.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?
JP: Tight end. They didn't talk about playing anything else, as tight end is where they want me.
GopherIllustrated.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?
JP: That I will be a balanced tight end. I will have my hand in the group and be blocking, but also will go out for passes and split out in some formation
GopherIllustrated.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?
JP: We have a group message started with all Minnesota commits and walk-ons and we talk all the time in it.
GopherIllustrated.com: What player do you model your game after and why?
JP: Kyle Rudolph because he is a great tight end, and he stays in and blocks, but he is also goes out for passes and creates mismatches for opposing teams. He is a balanced tight end that can do both exceptionally well.