GopherIllustrated.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Gopher staff like you to report at this summer?
Grant Ryerse: Right now, I am 6'4" and 215 lbs and I haven't really talked with the coaches about any weight that I'm should be at, but I'm hoping to add a little more lean muscle before I report.
GopherIllustrated.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?
GR: Some team goals I really hope to accomplish is to compete for a National Championship another big thing we could do as a team is win a Big Ten Championship. Individually I'd like to develop into the best kickoff specialist in the conference and also graduate with a strong internship under my belt for after college
GopherIllustrated.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?
GR: This spring I'm going to be working a lot on a lot of small mechanical things for punting to increase my consistency and rhythm.
GopherIllustrated.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Gopher?
GR: A moment I'm really looking forward to is playing a big rival like Wisconsin or Iowa at TCF.
GopherIllustrated.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?
GR: The main reason for me was that I get a balance of great academics and a very strong football program along with the fact that I have friends there right now and that Dominik is going. I also wanted to stay close to home by all my family and friends.
GopherIllustrated.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?
GR: Hands down the team I want to beat most is Wisconsin, I know it's been a while since we have gotten a win, but growing up it is the game I always made sure to watch so it's a big deal in my eyes.
GopherIllustrated.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?
GR: I'm all set to enroll and I've already been accepted in to the College of Science and Engineering, so I can't wait to get everything started up in June.
GopherIllustrated.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
GR: I'd like to have a job in either a mechanical engineering field or in Sports Orthopedics
GopherIllustrated.com: What is it about Coach Fleck and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?
GR: They are all such genuine guys who clearly care a lot about the players and want them to develop on and off the field. They also have great energy and character which is great to see in coaches.
GopherIllustrated.com: What is something you learned about University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?
GR: I was surprised by a lot of the off the field stuff such as the leadership opportunities and that the coaches fully support internships and stuff like that.
GopherIllustrated.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?
GR: I expect to go in and compete as a Kickoff and Punt guy, and the coaches say they can see me working into and competing for a field goal spot.
GopherIllustrated.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?
GR: They plan on using my strengths to help push the other kickers and fit me in where there are openings.
GopherIllustrated.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?
GR: Yeah I've had a lot of interaction we all have a group message going and it's been fun to hang out with them while we see them on campus
GopherIllustrated.com: What player do you model your game after and why?
GR: I model it most after JK Scott at Alabama because we both have pretty large frames and have some of the same strengths.