GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.
GopherIllustrated.com: 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.