2018 in-state defensive back Benny Sapp III becomes the first commitment of the class for Minnesota

2018 in-state defensive back Benny Sapp III becomes the first commitment of the class for Minnesota and he goes in-depth about it with GopherIllustrated.


"Today was a great day," Eden Prarie (Minn.) defensive back Benjamin Sapp III said to GopherIllustrated. "When we first got to campus, we immediately went to Buffalo Wild Wings with coach Simon and that's where we met up with Quinn Carroll as well. All the coaches were there with my dad and I, and we ate and got to know each other before heading on some tours of campus. I was able to see the campus, facilities and TCF Bank stadium with the coaches and got to spend a lot of time with them. Had one on one meetings with coach Linguist and Fleck, and just had an ELITE day at Minnesota."


"I was in coach P.J. Fleck's office for probably an hour with my dad before I ended up committing," Sapp III explained to GI. "We were in there talking about my dad asked for a private moment alone with coach Fleck, just the two of them, and afterwards, he came out and told me that it was my decision and that he'll love me and support me no matter what. I told him that I wanted to commit, so we went back in and I committed. It was really emotional for everyone as my dad was crying and it was a great moment. Coach Fleck was extremely happy and he called all the coaches in and told them that they got their first commitment for 2018 in Benny Sapp and they all came in and it was great."


"What made me want to commit to Minnesota on my first visit was just coach Fleck and his staff," Sapp III told GopherIllustrated. "I love coach Fleck's energy and I'll never forget what he said that family is to him. He said that family is Forget About Me I Love You, and I love it. It's family first there and that's what I want to play in. Coach Linguist and I talked and they see me as a future lock down corner for them. They want to stick me on the best receiver and let me work him for four quarters, and there's nothing I'd rather take more pleasure in than that."


"I also got to talk with Quinn Carroll a lot while on the visit, and we just talked about how staying home would mean a lot for the program and for the state, but ultimately that's going to be his decision. With my commitment tonight, I'm 100% shutting down my recruiting. I'm focused on getting myself better and getting this recruiting class heading in the right direction. I can't wait to meet the Gopher fans throughout the next year and I want fans to know I'm really excited to be a Gopher tonight."



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