John Nance Talks about Gopher Future

John Nance, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound quarterback from Saint Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall, helped lead the Raiders to a 13-1 mark and a runner-up spot in Class AAAAA. Nance was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team that was honored Monday night. Nance is also a standout for the Raiders' basketball team. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Nance to learn the latest.

John Nance moved to quarterback this season after playing wide receiver as a junior. Nance completed 164 of 269 passes for 3,020 yards this season and was named second-team Associated Press' All-State Football Team.

Nance caught 11 passes for 138 yards (12.5 yards per reception) as a junior and doubled as the team's quarterback as a sophomore when Joe Springer was sidelined with an injury.

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 last year and had received some low major Division I basketball interest.

Nance said that he is working hard to get ready for college.

"They are great. Right now, I am kind of lifting a little bit during basketball season. Not trying to be too sore for my games, but also trying to keep my weight up and not lose weight," he said.

Nance admits that it is difficult to put on much muscle with the basketball season underway.

"It is very hard to do. With the running, you lose a lot more weight than you do during the football season. I am trying to eat a lot more and keep my weight up and be ready in the spring to lift really hard to get ready for my first year in college."

Nance has high expectations for the Raiders' basketball team this season. He is averaging six points per game as Cretin is off to a 2-0 start.

"I see us winning our section and getting to the state tournament," he said. "We'll see what happens from there. I'm pretty confident in us. I think that we have a pretty deep team and I think that we will get to the state tournament."

Nance said that it is beneficial to have so many fellow football players on the basketball team.

"Knowing each other, knowing what we are going to do on the court, knowing our body language with each other really helps a lot."

Nance said that he is thinking about playing both sports in college.

"I am thinking about it. I just want to see how my first year of football goes, I guess," he said. "If I have the chance, I am going to try to take the chance to play basketball."

There has been talk about Nance possibly playing basketball at Winona State, a school that won the 2006 Division II crown and was runner-up last season.

"I am going to visit in early January to see how that falls. You don't know. I want to keep my options open and see what else happens."

Nance said that despite the basketball talk, he is still loyal to Minnesota after committing to the school in April.

"I want to check out all the options, but I am pretty committed to Minnesota," he said.

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