Brock Vereen commits to Minnesota

Brock Vereen, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound cornerback from Valencia (CA) High, has committed to Minnesota. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Vereen to learn the latest on his decision.

Brock Veeren said that Minnesota had been his choice for some time after his visit Halloween weekend for the Michigan State.

"The only thing that was keeping me from committing was convincing my parents. Coach Lee came to my home and answered all their questions. It was time to commit."

comes from a football family. His older brother, Shane, is a running back at California.

Vereen had talked to California about going his brother at the Pac-10 school.

I took an unofficial visit there and I looked at them. Coach Simmons came to the school, but they never offered."

Vereen is an excellent student with a 4.4 GPA. He posted a 1650 on the SAT and 24 on the ACT. He plans to major in business, which was another factor in his decision with Minnesota's reputation as one of the country's top business schools.

"That also influenced my decision. There is not a better place in the country for Business."

Vereen helped lead Valencia to a 12-1 mark this season, losing 40-14 to Moorpark in the Northern Division semifinals. The Vikings were a dominant team, winning by an average of over 30 points per game.

Vereen will run track this spring in both the 4 x 100 relay and 100 meter (his best time was 10.89). He plans to work hard to get ready for possibly play right away as a freshman.

"Getting faster and gaining at least ten pounds."

Vereen played defensive back and wide receiver for the Vikings. He shined in their 49-22 quarterfinal victory as he had a pair of 35-yard touchdowns passes and intercepted a pass to help the Vikings advance to the CIF-Southern Section Northern Division semifinals for the second year in a row.

Vereen had 42 tackles, eight interceptions and two passes defended and 20 receptions for 474 yards and seven touchdowns offensively.

Valencia head coach Larry Muir praised Vereen's leadership this season in a recent story by the Santa Clarita Valley Signal.

"Brock Vereen, his leadership all year has been terrific, and I think tonight he did a great job of displaying that,"

"He's critical," Muir said. "He and Zach Tartabull are seniors that are critical to our success on both sides of the ball. They do so many things. They are big playmakers and at the same times, they do the little things right."

As a junior, Vereen had 64 tackles and six interceptions and averaged 30 yards a punt return. He was named First Team All- Foothill League, First Team All-CIF and Second Team All-State after helping the Vikings to the CIF-SS Northern Division semifinals.

Veeren picked Minnesota over Stanford.

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