Gophers check out RB Brylee Callender

The Gophers have been evaluating running back Brylee Callender of Lakeville after a strong senior season. The 6-1, 190-pound running back rushed 266 times for 2,132 yards this season as he was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Team, AP All-State and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State team. GoldenSports.Net caught up with the talented runinng back to find the latest news on his recruitment.

Brylee Callender rushed 26 times for 226 yards and two scores in the 34-9 championship game win over Hastings and 22 times for 266 yards with three touchdowns in the semifinals win over Armstrong. Callender finished with 37 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores this season. He did not play as a junior, due to a Minnesota High School League violation. Callender's sophomore season was cut short by a burst appendix.


Callender admitted that his lack of playing before his breakthrough season hurt his recruitment.


"If I had played as a junior, I would have heard from more schools."


Lakeville head coach Larry Thompson said that Callender could be successful on either side of the field.


"He would be an All-State linebacker, if he played defense."


Callender has made big strides in his academics in the past year after previously struggling in the classroom. His friendship with teammate Vinny Flury has reportedly helped Callender on the field and in the classroom as well. Callender took the ACT test for the second time January 31st and visited the Gophers later that day.


"They offered me a full ride. They said that they would put me at a junior college, if I don't qualify."


The Gophers signed 24 players on signing day and have one scholarship available. GoldenSports.Net will continue to follow Callender's recruitment.

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