Eden Valley-Watkins' Matt Stommes verbals to U

Matt Stommes, a 6-foot-7, 235-pound defensive lineman/tight end from Eden Valley Watkins (MN) High, has committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus this past weekend. Stommes was named a first-team Associated Press All-State selection as a defensive lineman. He is a standout basketball player and outstanding student with a 3.9 GPA.

Matt Stommes led Eden Valley-Watkins (enrollment of 205 from grades 10-12) to a 12-2 mark and a spot in the Class AA state championship game. They lost to Pierz 39-14 in the Prep Bowl and fell to the Pioneers 35-28 in the regular season. The Eagles outscored their other opponents 446-108.

Stommes is also a center on the basketball team for the Eagles. He missed the team's Saturday game, due to his recruiting visit. Stommes helped lead the team to a 23-4 mark as a junior as he averaged 9.8 ponts and 9.1 rebounds per game.

Stommes is also an outstanding singer who has sang the national anthem before games.

Stommes attended several Gophers games and had strong recruiting interest from North Dakota State, where he visited last weekend. He had planned to commit to the Bison before the Gophers picked up interest. Gopher assistant Gordy Shaw offered him a scholarship Tuesday and Stommes decided to visit this past weekend.

Stommes was hosted by current Gophers Matt Spaeth and Tyson Swaggert and attended the Minnesota-Michigan State basketball game.

Stommes is the oldest of nine kids.

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