Lakeville WR Andy Metz to Walk-on for Gophers

Andy Metz, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound wide receiver from Lakeville (MN) High, will walk-on at Minnesota. Metz, who was named to the All-Lake Conference team, visited the Minnesota campus along with 12 other preferred walk-on candidates.

Andy Metz played in the shadow of All-State wide receiver Vinny Flury as a junior on Lakeville's state championship team. However, Metz emerged as a top prospect in his own right as a senior.

Metz had a solid senior season, but due to injuries, heavy graduation losses and a new sophomore starting quarterback, his numbers were not as high as some expected. Metz caught 30 passes for 371 yards (12.4 yards per reception) with four touchdowns.

Metz has good size and speed and has attracted the attention of several teams, including Minnesota after attending their football camp this summer and the Gophers' homecoming game versus Illinois and the season finale against Iowa.

Metz, who runs a 4.5 40 and can bench press 225 pounds, led the Panthers to a 5-5 mark as they lost to Rochester Century 20-14 in double overtime in the Class AAAAA Section 1 playoffs.

Metz does not participate in any winter sports, but plans to run track for Lakeville, participating in the 4 x 100 relay and 100- and 200-yard dash.

Metz attended the Gophers football camp this summer and the Nike Camp in Iowa City.

He attended the Iowa State season opener against Northern Iowa and had previously told GoldenSports.net that he would welcome an offer from Minnesota and Iowa State.

The Division I offers did not come, but Metz feels that there is chance to showcase his skills at wide receiver.

"It is a good time to be a walk-on at wide receiver. They have two scholarship wide receivers coming in and only five wide receivers on scholarship."

Metz had received plenty of interest from Cornell, who had said that he was their number one recruit. However, a coaching change slowed his recruitment.

"I was going to vist Cornell. They got me into school, but it had always been my dream since I was young to play at Minnesota. I did not want to look back and wonder what if."

Metz visited St. Cloud State and received an offer from the Huskies and Minnesota Duluth, but held out for a Division I opportunity.

"I could have had more Division II offers, if I had pursued it."

Metz posted a 24 score on his ACT and is planning to major in business.

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