Brylee Callender Commits to Minnesota

Brylee Callender, a 6-foot-1, 189-pound sophomore running back from Feather River (CA) Community College, has committed to Minnesota after visiting the campus this weekend. Callender helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 7-4 mark this season, including an appearance in the Silicon Valley Bowl where they lost to Foothill College, 35-33. Minnesota assistant coach Vic Adamle had traveled to Feather River to visit with Callender last Tuesday.

Brylee Callender rushed 97 times for 647 yards (6.7 yards per carry) with nine rushing touchdowns and caught 23 passes for 521 yards (22.6 yards per reception) with five receiving scores for the Golden Eagles in the regular season. He returned 12 punts for 146 yards. His 1,314 all-purpose yards were the second best in the Mid Empire Conference.

Callender will begin his finals December 16th and will return home for Christmas and prepare for enrolling at Minnesota in January.

Callender has worked hard on his academics to graduate in a year and a half. This would allow him to enroll at a Division I school in January and participate in spring practice, according to Friedges.

Callender rushed 266 times for 2,132 yards as he led Lakeville (MN) High to a 14-0 record and a Class 5A state championship as a high school senior. He rushed 26 times for 226 yards and two scores in the championship game and 22 times for 266 yards with three touchdowns in the semifinals. Callender had 37 rushing touchdowns and three receiving scores as a senior and was named to the Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro Team, AP All-State and St. Paul Pioneer Press All-State team.

Minnesota had offered him a scholarship as a senior and has continued to follow him in junior college. Minnesota assistant Vic Adamle traveled to Feather River in September to watch Callender practice and visited him last week before his official visit.

The Gophers had been monitoring his academics at Feather River. Callender had failed to qualify out of high school. He had made great strides in the classroom as a senior, but had fallen too far behind early in his career.

Callender is expected to provide depth to the Gopher backfield, which will likely lose Laurence Maroney to the NFL Draft.

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