GopherIllustrated.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the Gopher staff like you to report at this summer?
Blaise Andries: I am currently 6'6" and 305 lbs, and I am not sure what they would like for me to report at yet for the summer.
GopherIllustrated.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?
BA: My individual goal for college is to strive to be the best I can and to help the team in any way possible. My first team goal is to win the B1G.
GopherIllustrated.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Big Ten football?
BA: I will work on my strength and quickness the most to prepare me for the summer.
GopherIllustrated.com: What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Gopher?
BA: I am looking forward to the challenge of playing against some of the best players in the country with my teammates.
GopherIllustrated.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend the University of Minnesota?
BA: The people there are unmatched by any other University. They are willing to work hard for each other to achieve a common goal.
GopherIllustrated.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Gopher and why?
BA: Iowa. Wisconsin. Nebraska. It's personal.
GopherIllustrated.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at Minnesota?
BA: I'm all set to enroll.
GopherIllustrated.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?
BA: Working as an actuary for an insurance company based in Minnesota.
GopherIllustrated.com: What is it about Coach Fleck and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?
BA: They have very clear goals and they have a plan to accomplish those goals.
GopherIllustrated.com: What is something you learned about University of Minnesota that surprised you during the recruiting process?
BA: It was awesome that the academic advisor really cared about me as a student and helped me understand the required classes. The combined quality of the academics, alumni network and football program sets the University of Minnesota apart from the other universities that I visited.
GopherIllustrated.com: What position do you expect to play at Minnesota? What other position did the Gopher staff mention as a possibility?
BA: Offensive line, I don't mind where on the line. They haven't mentioned specifics after that.
GopherIllustrated.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?
BA: They have said that they like the way I play with my run blocking and quickness off the ball.
GopherIllustrated.com: Have you had any communication with other Minnesota recruits and if so what?
BA: Yes, we all keep in touch with each other on a daily basis over text and such.
GopherIllustrated.com: What player do you model your game after and why?
BA: I admire past Gopher linemen (ie Greg Eslinger, Ray Hawes, Ray Hitchcock) – it is such a tradition to be a Minnesota Gopher lineman and play football in the Big 10. I met Ray Hawes this past fall. He showed me his Big 10 championship ring and said “We need another one of these!”I agree and I plan to do all that I can to make it happen!