Isaac Fruechte Will Walk-On at Minnesota

Isaac Fruechte, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound wide receiver from Caledonia, will be a preferred walk-on at Minnesota this upcoming season, pending approval from the Minnesota admission office. Fruechte helped lead the Warriors to state titles in 2007 and 2008. GoldenSports.Net caught with Carl Fruechte, his father and Caledonia head football coach to learn more about his decision.

Isaac Fruechte turned down three scholarship offers from Division i-AA schools and two Division II squads for the opportunity to play Division I football for Minnesota.

Fruechte attended a preferred walk-on visit earlier this month. The visit paid a big part in his decision to walk-on, according to his father.

"Coach (Richard) Hightower pulled us aside after an early meeting. It went well. Isaac was the only wide receiver that he talked to. Hightower spent 15, 20 minutes with Isaac and Jedd Fisch spoke to him, too. They said that they didn't have any scholarships available, but that doesn't mean that you can't do it.

Fruechte turned down scholarship offers from Northern Iowa, South Dakota and South Dakota State and Division II programs, Winona State and Minnesota State Mankato. His father said that playing at the the highest level possible was big for his son.

"He has a passion to play Division I football. Junior college, Division II, Division III he can do what he wants, but he want to play at Minnesota."

Fruechte said that he talked to the father of three Gopher player, Duane Tow, about the walk-on process.

"He strongly encouraged it. My two concerns are I've got to pay the bills and that he is treated with respect and I was convinced that he will be treated with respect."

Caledonia finished 11-1 this season, losing 20-13 in the Class AA state quarterfinals to Waterville-Elysian-Morristown.

Fruechte helped lead the Warriors to back-to-back Class AA Prep Bowl title in 2007 and 2008, defeating Luverne 47-7 in 2008 and 14-7 in 2007. He scored on a 29-yard reception and caught five passes for 84 yards in the 2008 title game.

Fruechte is also a sprinter on the track team who led team to seventh place finish in 4 x 200 relay as a sophomore and sixth as a junior. His father, Carl, is the head football and track and field coach.

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