Irondale T Jimmy Gjere Commits to Minnesota

Jimmy Gjere, a 6-foot-7, 285-pound junior offensive tackle from New Brighton (MN) Irondale High, has committed to Minnesota, according to sources close to the program. Gjere is the third player to commit to Minnesota and is the first in-state player to verbal to the program.

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 received interest from Big Ten schools Iowa, Ohio State and Wisconsin and received a scholarship offer from the Badgers Nov. 10.

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 7-18-1 mark in hockey, losing to Blaine 9-2 in the Class 2A Section 5 first round playoffs. Minnesota head coach Tim 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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