Minnetonka TE Chris Joppru Commits to Utah

Chris Joppru, a 6-6, 225-pound tight end out of Minnetonka (MN) High, who helped lead the Skippers to the Class AAAAA title as he caught seven passes for 96 yards and completed two of two passes for 64 yards, including a 53-yard pass to running back Jalon Hopkins in a 23-14 win over Classic Lake rival Wayzata, has committed to Utah after visiting the campus this weekend. He picked the Utes over Pittsburgh. GoldenSports.net caught up with Joppru to find the latest on his recruitment.

Chris Joppru had an excellent senior season and was named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams and the Associated Press and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State first team.

Joppru was expected to carry a bigger role this season after playing behind a senior last year, but he surpassed most expectations as he caught 51 passes for 761 yards and six touchdowns. Minnetonka finished with a 13-1 record.

His brother, Bennie, was a standout tight end for the Michigan Wolverines who is now with the NFL's Houston Texans. Many observers feel that Chris has a bigger upside than his older brother.

Joppru visited Utah this past weekend after he was unable to fly out two weeks ago, due to bad weather. He visited Pittsburgh the previous weekend anbd had narrowed his decision to the two BCS schools that faced each other in the Fiesta Bowl.

"I had a good visit to Utah and committed there. It was impressive. I liked the facilities and the dorm rooms are amazing. They were ranked #4 in the country and are putting together a good program."

Joopru said that the Utah coaches said that he has a chance to play as a freshman.

"They said that if I get strong enough I could contend for playing time as a freshmman. They don't care about my weight, they just want me to get stronger."

Joppru said that he is done to about 215 to 220 pounds for basketball after weighing 225 pounds during the football season.

Joppru attended several other Gopher games and Minnesota's summer camp for one day and Michigan's camp for five days.

Joppru's father, Shelton, thought that his son's early interest in Michigan might have scared off some other teams.

Joppru has turned himself into a solid two-sport standout. Last year was his first competitive season and he came off the bench. This season, he is starting and is carrying much of the inside scoring and rebounding load. Joppru said that he is starting to like basketball even more and he is one of the squad's team captains and is averaging 12.7 points per game as the Skippers are off to a 5-11 start. They face number one and undefeated Minnetonka (MN) Hopkins (17-0) tonight. Joppru said that he felt that Skippers' basketball team was starting to play well again and his words proved correct as they defeated Cooper 67-60 last night as he scored a game-high 20 points. Minnetonka had entered the game 3-8.

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