WI LB Matt Nohelty will walk-on at Minnesota

The Gopher football team announced the signing of 24 players, including six quarterbacks. They are also expected to announce landing eight to 10 recruited walk-ons. The Gophers have had great success in landing several sleepers who have landed scholarships and become starters like Ben West and Joe Quinn, both Wisconsin high schoolers. The Gophers are hoping to have discovered another hidden talent from the Badger state in 6-2, 195-pound linebacker Matt Nohelty of Schofield (WI) D.C. Everest.

Matt Nohelty helped lead the Evergreens to a 14-0 mark as they defeated Arrowhead 42-7 thrashing to win the WIAA Division 1 state championship game at Camp Randall Stadium.

Nohelty was named first-team Associated Press 2003 All-State, Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State and second-team Journal Sentinel All-State. He came up big for the Evergreens in the postseason.

Nohelty blocked Arrowhead's punt and returned the ball 17 yards for a touchdown in the state championship game. He also had two interceptions, including one for 39 yards, that set up a 1-yard plunge.

D.C. Everest defeated Homestead 35-7 in the WIAA Division 1 semifinal as Nohelty intercepted a pass and returned it 39 yards for a score. He entered the state championship game with 65 solo tackles and 126 total tackles.

Nohelty was named first-team All-Wisconsin Valley Conference baseball selection as an outfielder. He was Everest's No. 3 hitter in his first year on the varsity. Nohelty was tied for third in the Valley with a .429 batting average, had 14 RBI and struck out only once in conference play. He bats left-handed and throws right-handed.

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