California junior college offensive lineman Ben Davis decides he wants to Row the Boat with coach Fleck and Minnesota

California junior college offensive lineman Ben Davis decides he wants to Row the Boat with coach Fleck and Minnesota, and he tells his story to GopherIllustrated.

"I'm so blessed to say I've committed to the University of Minnesota! Ski-U-Mah and RTB!," California JUCO offensive lineman Ben Davis said to GopherIllustrated. "On my official visit over the weekend, we toured the campus, met with the coaching staff, saw a scrimmage as well as the daily routine of the team. I also had an elite dinner, and I fell in love with Minnesota, so I committed. The campus was elite, their facilities are great and only getting better, and the scrimmage was fast paced and very competitive! I can't wait to be a part of it. I saw that they only had five offensive linemen healthy, and to me, that takes a great strength coach and trainers to get those big guys into shape to play 118 snaps! It was elite!"

"Besides talking with head coach P.J. Fleck, I spoke with offensive line coach Ed Warinner, offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca, recruiting coaches John Schaekel and Marcus Hendrickson, OL GA coach Kekuewa," Davis explained to "Coach Warinner's exact words to me were Row the Boat! He also told me it's too early to tell where they'll be playing me on the offensive line, but that I have the versatility to play where along it. My parents were with on the visit, and they were highly impressed with the University of Minnesota's academics and opportunities and the coaching staff focused not only on football, but on my development as a man and as a community servant. Coach Fleck's message to me was focused around my gROWth academically, athletically, socially and spiritually. Coach Fleck offered me a scholarship before dinner on Saturday, and I committed immediately afterwards. I gratefully expected to be a part of something obviously special, and that's what there is at Minnesota. After I committed, we hugged and there was a lot of tears on my family's side. Having the chance to play for PJ Fleck and Ed Warinner at Minnesota in the Big Ten? I'm in!"

Davis will now be on campus at Minnesota next month. 

"I'll be enrolling at Minnesota on May 22nd and will start summer classes then," Davis said. "I also had offers from Nevada-Reno and Old Dominion, but I'm very happy to be spending my next four years at Minnesota. I want fans to know that I'm extremely excited to be a part of the Gopher community and that there is going to be big things happening soon for our football program!"

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