Irondale OL Jimmy Gjere Gets Minnesota Offer

Jimmy Gjere, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound junior offensive tackle from New Brighton (MN) Irondale High, has received a scholarship offer from Minnesota. Gjere attended the Minnesota Gophers Elite Camp this summer and has attracted the interest of several Big Ten schools. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Irondale head coach Ben Geisler to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Jimmy Gjere has helped pace the Knights to a 4-1 start as they have one of the top rushing attacks in the state with Chichi Ojika, who has been offered a walk-on opportunity with Minnesota.

Gjere attended the Gophers Elite football camp this summer and has attracted plenty of interest, according to Irondale head coach Ben Geisler.

What schools is Jimmy hearing from right now?

"Pretty much the Big Ten. Iowa, Wisconsin,Minnesota. Those are the three big ones right now. He is planning on going to the Gopher game this week and Wisconsin the following week. Those are the big three big ones that are on his radar. Michigan might be another one that he would be interested in. He definitely wants to be close to home."

What school is Jimmy hearing from right now?

"He is getting everything from everybody. He is just getting a ton. He is the real deal."

What position are schools looking at Jimmy as?

"He is strictly an OL (offensive line) for us. He could play defense for us, but we are deep enough that we don't need him."

Did he attend any other camps besides Minnesota?

"He did not this year. He is planning on doing some more after his junior year. He was just a sophomore last year. He wasn't thinking too much about college football."

Gjere also plays high school baseball and hockey. Irondale baseball coach Chris Fink said that Gjere has excellent potential as a baseball player.

"He had a fantastic summer playing for our 16-and-under team. He is one of the best up-and-coming players. He is a pitcher, but he can also really hit a baseball."

Fink said that his busy summer schedule with legion ball did not affect his ability to attend camps in other sports.

"He went to some hockey camps. We try to work that around what baseball requires. We have enough kids if we have to cover specialty camps."

Fink said that Gjere is a versatile player on the diamond.

"He plays first base. He pitches. He plays a little third base. He can play a couple of different spots. He was primarily our closer in the summer. We brought him in on a lot of late-inning situations, to close out games. It was a good experience for him, to throw him out there. He learned quick and really improved. He has a good group of kids around him. They all seemed to get along."

Fink feels that Gjere has shown good potential as a pitcher.

"This summer, he was throwing low to mid 80's. He is really just learning how to throw," Fink said. "We did a lot of work with his motion. He really improved himself throughout the summer time. At first, he could not throw a strike and by the end of the summer, he was pretty dominant at our age."

Fink believes that Gjere is also an outstanding hitter.

"He can hit 400-plus feet over the fence and he can take the ball to the opposite field and hit it right down the first base line," he said. "He is a very disciplined hitter. He has excellent had-eye coordination."

Fink feels that Gjere is a player with plenty of options.

"He is one of those rare kids. He is 6-7, 270-plus and he is young. I know that he likes hockey. He likes baseball. He likes football. I don't know what his future is going to bring," Fink said. "He went to some hockey camps and he was voted most valuable player. We are looking for big things from him next year. He'll probably be in the closer role on our high school team this spring. He'll be playing legion ball in the summer and mix in some hockey camps and football camps."

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