Matt Voigtlander Gets Gopher Attention

Matt Voigtlander, a 6-foot, 205-pounder from Centennial High, is a versatile player who served as the Cougars' place-kicker, punter, free safety and leading rusher. He is also one of the state's top all-around athletes. Voigtlander attended the recent Minnesota-Temple game and is getting recruiting interest from the Gophers.

Matt Voigtlander missed the final four games of last season with an ankle sprain, but was still named to Kare-11 TV All-Metro team as a specialist and led the team to 7-4 mark as a junior. Voigtlander rushed 92 times for 737 yards with 12 touchdowns and caught 11 passes for 318 yards and three more scores last season. He made 15 extra points as a kicker.

Centennial is off to a 0-4 start this season, but Voigtlander has been one of the team's bright spots. He has rushed 53 times for 427 yards (8.1 yards per carry) with five touchdowns and has caught 10 passes for 194 yards with an additional score.

Voigtlander carried 20 times for 176 yards and caught two passes for 53 yards in their season-opening 41-40 loss to Park Center. He had 10 carries for 77 yards and three receptions for 51 yards in a 28-14 loss to Champlin Park.

Voigtlander finished with 11 carries for 86 yards and three receptions for 57 yards in a 42-14 loss to Maple Grove. He rushed 12 times for 88 yards and had two catches for 33 yards in the most recent loss to Blaine, falling 17-14.

Voigtlander is also a standout hockey player who serves as the team's captain. He is also a top sprinter, who ran a 11.0 100-meter dash and 22.64 200-meter dash.

Voigtlander told GoldenSports.Net that he is also hearing from North Dakota State as well as Minnesota. He figures to draw some recruiting interest as a hockey player.

Voigtlander attended camps at Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota State this summer.

Voigtlander is not sure about what sport he will play in college.

"I don't think that it would be two sports in college, I'm just not sure which sports it will be," he said.

Voigtlander is being recruited by assistant coach Gordy Shaw, although he admitted that the Gophers have not been in contact much recently. However, he plans to attend the Minnesota-Michigan game this weekend.

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