Iowa Lineman Chris Mensen Commits to Gophers

Chris Mensen of Solon (IA) High, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound tight end/defensive tackle, has committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus this weekend, something that had been speculated for some time. Mensen attended the Gopher football camp and received an offer after a strong showing. He led the Spartans to a 7-2 season and was named first-team Press-Citizen All-Area and Des Moines Sunday Register's All-State and third-team Iowa Newspaper Association All-State as a defensive lineman.

Chris Mensen helped lead Solon to a 12-2 mark as they finished runner-up in Class AA last season. Mensen is also a four-sport athlete who also plays baseball, basketball and throws the shot put. He is averaging 18.3 points per game for the Spartans, who are off to a 1-5 start. Mensen has scored 21, 18, 22, 24, 17 and eight points in his six contests.

Mensen went on an academic tour at Minnesota and got a brochure for the Gopher football camp. He attended the camp and got an offer from the Gophers. He also attended the Iowa, Iowa State and Illinois camps and attended the Iowa opener versus Kent State and the Gopher game against Illinois State.

Minnesota's offer gave them the edge over in-state rivals Iowa and Iowa State and Illinois in the mix. He is located about 10 to 15 minutes from Iowa City.

Mensen is a well–rounded athlete who also plays baseball, basketball and throws the shot put. He finished 22nd in Class AA state finals with a toss of 45 feet 5-1/2 inches and had a season-best toss of 50 feet, 3 inches.

"I could have done better. If I had reached my season best, I could have finished in the top 10.

Mensen averaged just under 10 points per game last season in basketball as Solon finished 19-4 and lost in the third round of the playoffs.

Mensen played first base on the baseball team and batted .444 in limited at-bats. He said that they had a stacked team loaded with seniors. They lost in the second round of the playoffs.

Mensen hopes to play all four sports again. However, high school baseball in Iowa is played during the summer, which could be difficult with summer football.

"We'll have to see what happens."

Mensen said that assistant head coach Moe Ankeny is in charge of his recruitment.

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