Gopher Commit John Nance Weighing Options

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 and was named to the Minnesota Vikings All-State team. Nance is also a standout for the Raiders' basketball team and recently visited Winona State on a basketball visit. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Nance to learn the latest.

John Nance moved to quarterback in 2007 after playing wide receiver as a junior. Nance completed 164 of 269 passes for 3,020 yards and was named second-team Associated Press' All-State Football Team.

He 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 has helped lead Cretin to a 12-2 mark as he is averaging 14.5 points per game. He has scored in double figures in the past 12 games and has scored 20 or more points three times.

Nance helped pace the Raiders to a 21-8 mark last 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. He 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 and Division II basketball interest.

Nance visited Winona State earlier this month, a school that won the 2006 Division II crown and was runner-up last season. He watched the Warriors roll to an easy win over Bemedji State.

"I thought that they really played good defense. I liked how they played defense. They struggled with their offense, but other than that, I liked the fans and the atmosphere," he said.

Nance is still looking at the pros and cons of each school.

"I kind of liked the (Winona) campus and I kind of didn't. I think that it is too small for me, but I can make an exception since I really like the basketball team," he said.

Nance said that he has not talked to the Minnesota basketball coaches about playing both sports in college.

"Not recently. I talked to Coach Brewster about it and he said he is fine with it, but I have not talked to the basketball coaches."

Nance is not sure about playing both sports at Winona.

"I am not quite sure. I have not really talked to them about that," he said.

Nance said that he is unsure of his future college destination, but hopes to decide soon with the National Signing Day February 6th.

"I'm still undecided. Probably in a week or so."

Nance said that despite also playing wide receiver in high school that the Gophers are looking at him strictly as a quarterback.

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