John Nance Talks about His Gopher Commitment

John Nance, a 6-foot-4, 175-pound wide receiver/quarterback from St. Paul (MN) Cretin-Derham Hall, has become the latest Minnesota product to commit to the Gophers. He helped lead C-DH to a 10-1 mark and runner-up finish in Section 4, Class AAAAA last year. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Nance to learn about his decision, his future position and the possibility of playing two sports in college.

John Nance caught 11 passes for 138 yards (12.5 yards per reception) as a junior. He doubled as the team's quarterback as a sophomore when Joe Springer was sidelined with an injury and is expected to receive playing time under center with Springer graduating and moving onto Brown University.

Surprisingly, despite his limited playing time at quarterback, Nance told GoldenSports.Net that Minnesota recruited him as a signal caller. He said that the faith that they showed him was one of the key reasons for his commitment.

"I felt that the Gophers have established a lot of faith in me," he said.

Nance said that he is looking forward to the challenges and pressures of playing quarterback for a school like Cretin that has produced players like Springer, Joe Mauer and Chris Weinke in the past.

"They are looking at me as a quarterback only. Yes, there is a lot of pressure. I have alot to show. I feel that I am under the radar as a quarterback. I want to show Minnesota what I can do."

Nance will join teammate Shady Salamon as a Gopher commitment. Minnesota is also recruiting teammates Michael Floyd, a standout wide receiver, and offensive lineman Joe Schafer.

Nance is also a standout basketball player for the Raiders. He helped lead Cretin to a 21-8 mark this season, losing to Woodbury in the section championship game. Nance was named third-team All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune after averaging 14.7 points per game this season. Nance scored in double figures in 20 of his 23 games and had five games of 20 or more points. He played for the Minnesota Magic AAU program.

Nance received recruiting interest from several Division I schools for basketball.

"I heard from North Dakota State, South Dakota State, Utah State, Minnesota a little, Southern Illinois and Ball State."

Nance said that he is going to try to play both basketball and football for the Gophers.

"I talked to Coach (Tim) Brewster and Tubby Smith about the opportunity to walk-on as a basketball player. They said that they were fine with it. They see me as a dual athlete."

Nance credited his strong play on the hardcourt to his teamwork on a team that started four football players.

"I'd say it was more team chemistry than anything. We know how each other plays," he said.

Nance said that he is working hard on getting stronger.

"I want to put a lot more weight on me. I'm working in the weight room and nutrition-wise. I'm 6-foot-4, 175 pounds and I want to get up to 185 pounds."

Nance will also be busy this summer playing AAU basketball.

"I'm playing with the Minnesota Magic Elite with Michael Floyd and Andy Burns," he said. "We start practice tomorrow at Totino Grace and play in the Kingwood Classic in Houston April 20th."

Due to his basketball schedule, Nance admits that he has not looked into participating in any football camps.

"I have not thought about it," he said.

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