Roszell Gayden Sees Season End

Roszell Gayden, a 6-foot-7, 295-pound tackle from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper, saw his high school football career end when the Hawks lost to Champlain Park 41-0 in a Section 5 first-round matchup last week. Gayden committed to Minnesota in April and is one of six in-state Gopher recruits. GoldenSports.Newt caught up with Gayden to talk about his senior season and expectations as a Minnesota freshman.

Roszell Gayden led Copper to a 2-7 mark this season. They defeated Columbia Heights 28-20 and St. Louis Park 28-0, but failed to score more than seven points in their seven losses, including three shutouts.

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 last year.

Gayden was not totally satisfied with his play this season.

"I always think that I could do a lot better. I've got a lot of size, so I can play, but I could have played 10 times better," he said. "I already know it. My coaches tell me every day. I think with my standards that I had an average season. That's not good. As a team, we did not do as well as we could have. We had a lot of talent, but we did not accomplish much."

Gayden plans to work hard during the offseason to get ready to contribute as a freshman.

"I am not going to play basketball this year. I am going to be in weight room all summer, working out to be ready," he said. "I want to come in at 310 next year. I'm probably at 295."

Gayden said that he has not talked to the Gopher coaches about expectations for next season.

"I have not. They can put me where they put me. If they think I'm ready, then they think I am ready."

Gayden's twin brother, Rashad, is also getting some recruiting looks. He played fullback and linebacker this season.

"He is hearing from schools. He's got a couple of junior colleges that want him to come, like North Dakota School of Science. Minnesota wants him. They have not offered a scholarship or said anything. He will walk-on, but he wants a scholarship."

Gayden previously told 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 before making his commitment.

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

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

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