Gophers specialist signee Grant Ryerse wants to make sure the Axe gets back to it's rightful place in Dinkytown

Woodbury (Minn.) specialist and new Gopher signee Grant Ryerse 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?

Grant RyerseRight 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.

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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.


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