Konrad Zagzebski Commits to Minnesota

Konrad Zagzebski, a 6-foot-3 1/2, 220-pound junior linebacker from Schofield (WI) DC Everest, has become the first player to verbally commit to Minnesota. Zagzebski is a three-year starter for one of Wisconsin's top teams. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Zagzebski this afternoon to learn more about his commitment.

Konrad Zagzebski is considered one of the top juniors in Wisconsin. He told GoldenSports.Net that he made his decision to become a Golden Gopher today.

"I made my verbal commitment to Minnesota today round 2 o'clock. I got on the phone with Coach (Tim) Brewster through John Butler and they offered me a full scholarship at the University of Minnesota and I verbally committed."

Zagzebski was hearing from two other Big Ten schools.

"Wisconsin and Northwestern. Minnesota was the first to offer. The others were just showing interest," he said.

Zagzebski made the commitment after having been in contact with the Gopher coaches.

"With the coaching staff and the new coaches and the new stadium, I just felt that Minnesota was the best fit for me," he said.

Zagzebski attended the three Big Ten school's football camps last summer and had spent time in Minnesota.

"I visited last summer and I went to the Iowa game," he said. "We have been in communication for the last half year."

Zagzebski is not playing a winter sport, but will be busy in the spring.

"Right now, I am not (playing a sport), but I will be running track this spring. I'll be running the 100 and 200 meter and long jumping," he said. "Our relay team went to state and I was the alternate for that as a sophomore. Hopefully, we'll be running down there again this year."

He runs a 4.67 40-yard dash and bench presses 320 pounds. He was getting looks at linebacker and defensive end, but has a preference.

"Linebacker. That is where I have been playing," he said. "The only school that was really looking at me as a defensive end was Wisconsin."

The Evergreens won the Wisconsin Valley conference title with a 6-0 record, but lost to Stevens Point 35-17 in the playoffs. DC Everes had defeated Stevens Point 30-16 in the regular season.

"We went 9-1 and lost in the second round of the playoffs. We had some pretty nagging injuries," he said.

Zagzebski has high hopes for the 2009 season, despite some key graduation losses.

"We lost quite a few seniors, but I'm looking for our team to go as far as we can and that everyone works hard and has a good year," he said. "Our goal is to always win state and that's how we look at it every year."

Zagzebski's summer figures to be less hectic as he will not attend the various summer football camps throughout the Midwest since he is verbally committed.

"I plan to just stick with Minnesota and go there and prepare with my coaches for my season down here in high school," he said.

Zagzebski decided the time was right to make his college decision.

"I honestly always felt that Minnesota was the right fit for me of those three schools from early on," he said. "I have always had a good feeling about Minnesota and I like the direction they are headed and I look forward to being a part of that."

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