Matt Veldman Gets Gopher Interest

Matt Veldman, a 6-foot-7, 225-pound tight end from Becker (MN) High, has emerged this season as a college prosepect. Veldman caught eight passes for 131 yards in front of Minnesota head coach Glen Mason, who watching Becker star receiver and Gopher commit Shane Potter. Veldman attended the Penn State game Saturday and talked to Golden Sports.Net about his recruitment and interest in the U.

Matt Veldman had a breakthrough game in the season opener versus Kansas City (MO) Rockhurst, which attracted the attention of the Gopher coaching staff, who was watching Shane Potter, who unfortunately suffered a season-ending knee injury in the loss.

Veldman has receivied more attention with the loss of Potter, an All-State wide receiver last year and has caught 19 passes for 303 yards with five touchdowns. Potter caught six passes for 127 yards and two touchdownsin the opener and is still second on the team in receiving yards, despite playing in just one game.

Veldman had three catches for 29 yards in a 14-7 win over Cambridge-Isanti and three receptions for 58 yards in a 35-3 victory over Buffalo. He caught two passes for 40 yards versus Big Lake in a 47-8 win and had two catches for 34 yards in a 42-7 win over Monticello. Veldman caught one pass for 11 yards and a score in their 27-13 win over Princeton.

Veldman said that he is hearing from Minnesota and North Dakota State and that Glen Mason asked him to be on the sideline for their game versus NDSU next Saturday. He attended the North Dakota State-Northeastrern game earlier this season. Veldman said that the Air Force Academy has asked for a copy of his transcript. He is an excellent student with a 3.8 GPA and a 25 ACT score.

Veldman is also a standout basketball player for the Bulldogs and has played on the varsity the past two seasons. He is hopeful that Potter, who also plays on the basketball team will be ready to play during the season.

The Bulldogs won the Class AAA title with a 28-0 win over Albany in the Prep Bowl last season, giving Dwight Lundeen, in his 37th year as Becker head coach, his first state title after four previous second-place finishes. Becker finish 14-0 and is ranked #1 in Class AAA this season with a 6-1 mark. They finish the season Wednesday versus St. Michael-Albertville.

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