Caledonia's Matt Frank is a Possible U FB Walk-on

Matt Frank, a 6-foot-5, 190 pound wide receiver from Caledonia (MN) High visited the Minnesota campus along with 12 other potential walk-on candidates. Frank helped lead the Warriors to a 8-2 record this season and he is one of 20 finalists for the Mr. Football Award that he will be named later this month.

Matt Frank caught 43 passes for 831 yards and 13 touchdowns this season as a wide receiver and had six interceptions as a safety. Frank is a three-year starter who led the team to a 6-5 mark as a junior, losing to Byron in the Section 1 Class AAA finals.

Frank is also a standout on the hardwood as well. He has helped pace the Warriors to a 17-1 mark and a No. 6 ranking in Class AA. Their lone loss is to Class AAAA Eagan 67-55 in the Winona Holiday tournament, a game in which they led after one period and trailed by just three going into the final quarter.

Frank is a two-year starter in basketball and is averaging 13.2 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season. He averaged 8.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as the Warriors finished 18-7 and won the Three Rivers Conference. They lost in the sub sections. Frank averaged 6.5 points and 5.4 rebounds as a sophomore coming off the bench.

Frank is not only a top two-sport athlete, but is he is an outstanding student with a 4.0 GPA and a 33 score on his ACT.

Frank has earned high praises from his high school basketball and football coaches.

Head basketball coach David Meyer said that Frank is a key to the team's strong start.

"He is an intelligent young man. He is very easy to coach and is a good listener. He is very intelligent and picks thing up easily. He works well with others," Meyer said.

Frank is also considering Winona State, Carleton and Amhrest (located in Massachusetts).

Head football coach Carl Fruechte said that Frank has a good visit to Minnesota this weekend.

"He was very interested in going to the 'U.' He had a blast and repsected the coaches and players.," Fruechte said. "The coaches said that they want a 4-5 year commitment from the players and that made him think. I give the coaches credit for being upfront and honest with the players.

"I would have thought before the visit that he would wind up there. He wants to make the right decision. The question is whether minnesota is a good fit. He is still undecided."

Fruechte said that although Frank is being looked at as a wide receiver, he could undergo a position change in the future.

"I always thought that he would be a tight end in college. He has a good frame to be a tight end, although he is a bit skinny now." Fruechte said.

"We talked today. Winona State called last night as did Minnesota. He is a little confused. I think he would like Winona to nail down some money.

"I'm a Gopher fan, so it would make me happy to see him there, but I want all my players to make the best decision for themselves. I think that he is waiting for (Winona head) Coach Sawyer to come up with something.

"If I was a betting man, I'd say Carelton. Academically, he could get a lot of money. There are a couple of Carelton grads around here and they do a good job of taking care of their alumni. The Gophers are going in the right direction and he would like to play at a high level.

"We went to Amherst for a visit in the fall. He liked the wide receiver coach, but it might be too far away. However, he is glad that he went out there."

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