Jimmy Gjere Continues to Attract Interest

Jimmy Gjere, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound junior offensive tackle from New Brighton (MN) Irondale High who picked up a scholarship offer from Minnesota last fall, continues to attract plenty of interest, according to Irondale head coach Ben Geisler. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Geisler Wednesday to learn the latest on Gjere's recruitment.

Jimmy Gjere helped pace the Knights to a 6-3 record this season as they had one of the top rushing attacks in the state with Chichi Ojika, who signed with Division II Winona State. The Knights won six straight games before losing to Hopkins in the season finale and were upset by No. 7 seed Roseville in the first round of the Class AAAAA Section 2 playoffs.

Gjere received a scholarship offer from Minnesota and attended their Elite camp and several Gophers games. He is also getting interest from Big Ten schools Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin and received a scholarship offer from the Badgers Nov. 10.

However, Irondale head coach Ben Geisler thinks that this list will continue to grow.

I heard that Jimmy went down to Iowa for their Junior Day this past weekend, right?

"He spent the last weekend in Iowa. He went down there and had a good time. Just saw the school and the facilities and got to meet the coaches down there."

I know that Jimmy attended the Minnesota Junior Day recently. Has he been anywhere else?

"He went to Wisconsin and went to a couple of football games during the season."

What offers does Jimmy have right now?

"Official offers right now, it is just the Gophers and the Badgers."

There had been talk that Iowa and Ohio State had offered.

"That would be news to me."

Are you hearing from any other schools besides those main ones?

"You hear from all of them. They are all talking to him and getting film. As far, as official offers, there have only been two."

Any particular schools that you recall?

"You name them. All the Big Ten schools for the most part."

What colleges have stopped by the school?

"Those three and Ohio State. Everyone is getting film and sending letters. As far as stopping by, those are the four that I have seen the most of."

Has he talked much about camps? I know that he is busy with baseball in the summer.

"He hasn't. He is still in hockey season. We're not to that point yet. Everyone wants to know more than he does. He's like, 'I don't know. I don't care. I'm doing hockey right now and I'm doing baseball in the spring and I'll worry about that when I worry about that.' So I'm not pushing him at all."

Gjere received several honors this season as he was named All-Metro by the Minneapolis Star Tribune and KARE 11 Sports and was selected North Suburban Conference Lineman of the Year. He was second team All-State by the Associated Press.

Gjere has helped lead the Knights to a 6-15-1 mark in hockey and he has three goals and four assists. Brewster watched Gjere play recently in a 4-0 loss to Totino-Grace.

Gjere also plays high school baseball. Irondale baseball coach Chris Fink previously told GoldenSports.Net 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.

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