Erik Kottom Transfers to Minnesota

Erik Kottom, a 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive tackle from Eden Prairie (MN) High, transferred to Minnesota after spending a season at Wyoming as a redshirt freshman. Kottom, who was elected a team captain as senior season, led Eden Prairie to a 11-2 mark as a junior as the Eagles advanced to the state semifinals. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Kottom to learn about his decsion to transfer home.

Erik Kottom visited Wyoming in November of his senior season for the Cowboys game versus BYU. He had received a scholarship offer from Wyoming earlier that week and committed to the Cowboys. Kottom attended three Minnesota Gophers games his senior year and had gotten recruiting interest from Wisconsin, Iowa State, Northern Iowa, Kansas and North Dakota State.

Kottom helped Eden Prairie post a 10-2 record, losing in the sectional finals to eventual state champions as a junior.

Kottom also played on the Eagles' basketball team that finished 20-7 as a junior and lost to eventual state champion Hopkins 45-43 in the Section 2, Class 4A finals. The Eagles were 24-3 during his senior season as their 15-game winning streak was snapped with another heart-breaking 55-54 loss to eventual state champion Hopkins 45-43 in the Section 2, Class 4A finals.

Kottom decided to transfer back to Minnesota after his freshman season at Wyoming.

"It was not the right fit for me after a year kind of deal. I was there and I just said, "This is not going to work out for me" and overall I thought about it and decided Minnesota was the best place for me. They recruited me (out of high school). I wished that I had gone there in the first place. I was really ecstatic when I talked to coach Brewster and he was excited to have me."

Kottom got in contact with the new Minnesota coaching staff after his freshman year.

"I got my release from Wyoming June 18 and I talked to them that day after they got the fax. He said that he was really excited. Coach Grant talked to him and it was pretty much a done-deal from there. I'm really excited to go here," he said.

Kottom said that he plans to work hard this season to be ready contribute next year.

"I'm ineligible for a year and walking-on with hopes of earning a scholarship and playing. I'm really excited. The coaching staff is great. Coach (offensive line coach Phil) Meyer is class. Everything is going well there," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to trying to work at perfecting technique and learning a new scheme and it is really different, but I'm excited now."

Kottom admitted that being able to play in front of his family and friends played a big role in his decision to play closer to home.

"That was a big part of the decision," he said. "I just said, 'Hey, you are only home two months out of the year. You working out in the summer.' You have to like where you are at and I like it here and I always have, so that was an easy decision."

Kottom comes from an athletic family. His father played football at the University of Minnesota at Morris. His uncle played basketball at St. Olaf College while his grandfather played football and basketball at Augsburg.

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