Roszell Gayden Talks about Gopher Commitment

Roszell Gayden, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound lineman from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper, committed to Minnesota last night. Gayden is the third Minnesota product to commit to head coach Tim Brewster. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Gayden to learn more about his college decision.

Roszell Gayden was at the Gopher football office March 24 and met with the coaches and recruiting analyst Tom Lemming, who was at the campus.

Gayden was named North Suburban Conference honorable mention as a junior and led Cooper to a 4-5 mark. He missed his sophomore season with a MCL injury he suffered playing basketball. Gayden also played limited minutes on the 21-7 Hawks' basketball team this year.

Gayden said that playing close to home was among the factors why he decided to commit to Minnesota.

"They are the hometown team. I like the coaches and my parents liked them," he said.

Minnesota was the first team to offer Gayden, but he was also hearing from several other Division I schools.

"I heard from Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin and Connecticut."

Gayden was listed at 6-foot-7 and 240 pounds during the season, but he said that he is up to 260 now. He is working hard to prepare for the upcoming season.

"I'm working to get stronger. I'm working on my leg strength and my upper body strength," he said. "I want to get faster and work on my total game."

Gayden's twin brother, Rashad, is also getting plenty of recruiting looks.

"He has the same list, plus Arizona State."

Gayden is not sure about playing basketball next year after seeing limited playing time as a junior, averaging 1.3 points in three contests.

"I am going to concentrate on football, but I might come back," he said.

Gayden has already thought about what he would like to study at Minnesota.

"I'm going to major in business management. I'm an OK student. I plan on taking the ACT and SAT June 9.:

The two-sport athlete enjoys his time away from the football field.

"My hobbies are playing basketball, lifting weights and hanging out with my friends."

Gayden has lived in Minnesota since he was seven after moving from Chicago.

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