Gophers defensive tackle signee Austin Schirck wants to be his home-state Iowa Hawkeyes more than any other team

Carroll (Iowa) defensive tackle and new Gopher signee Austin Schirck is the latest Gopher to sign in the 2017 class and he went in-depth with to share more about his reasons to sign with Minnesota. What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Gopher staff like you to report at this summer?

Austin Schirck: I'm currently 6'5" 265 pounds. I was told that I will get to around 295 pounds. I will report at what weight I am currently. What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

AS: My goal as a team is to bring back the Big Ten title to Minnesota and to win a national championship. Personal goals would be All-American status, win the Big Ten, and a National championship also. What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?

AS: I've been working my tail off ever since football was over for me in high school! I train five days a week with an olympic weightlifting certified coach, Greg Kustra. He's helping me get to where I need to be. I will be able to compete at this level. What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Gopher?

AS: I can't wait to bring back the Big Ten title home where it belongs!! Most importantly, I'm anxious to see what opportunities that are brought to me. What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?

AS: The second I stepped foot on campus, I knew that this place was where I wanted to be. If I was to be offered a PWO, I would've went with Northern Iowa, but I told Fleck that if I was offered that I would commit on the spot. And I did. What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?

AS: I want to beat Iowa every year for the rest of my career as a player and I want to watch Iowa get beat by Minnesota when I'm graduated! I want to show them what they missed out on. Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?

AS: I am all ready and set to attend the University of Minnesota. If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

AS:  If I don't make it to the NFL, I see myself settling down in Minneapolis and working for one of the surrounding Fortune 500 companies in the area. I love Minneapolis and I think it is a tremendous area to raise a family. What is it about Coach Fleck and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

AS: The energy level that Coach Fleck brings to this program is unreal. I've never seen anything like it. It's AWESOME!!! I want to play for them because we are building a MONSTER, and I want to be a part of it. What is something you learned about University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?

AS: The recruiting process from Minnesota for me was very brief and quick. I would say that the most exciting thing I learned was the history of the program and how successful it was and how successful we will make it again. What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?

AS: I hope to play Defensive End for Minnesota. I feel like I have a very great pass rush game and I'm very quick and agile. I've been mentioned as a Defensive Tackle also. What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

AS: I haven't heard much about utilizing my abilities yet. From my understanding, I believe they want to see my work ethic in the weight room and class room and at practice. Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?

AS: All of this was so sudden and quick that I had not had any time to visit with any of the recruits besides when I was on the visit. What player do you model your game after and why?

AS: I model my game after J.J. Watt. We are very similar in size and I've looked up to him for quite some time now. He has such a strong heart and passion for the game, and I believe I do as well.

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