Tight End Sam Rohr Commits to Minnesota

Sam Rohr, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior tight end from Brookfield (WI) Central who attended the Minnesota Gopher Junior Day and spring game, has committed to Minnesota. Rohr is considered one of the top players in the Badger State. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Rohr to learn the latest on his recruitment and the Gopher offer.

Sam Rohr helped lead Brookfield Central to a 5-4 mark in the tough Great Metro Conference, which also featured defending state champion Milwaukee Marquette and runner-up Menomonee Falls. Rohr was named honorable-mention all-conference as a sophomore and junior.

Rohr attended the Minnesota Junior Day and Spring game and caught up with GoldenSports.Net to talk about his recruitment.

What was the main reason you decided to make your college choice now?

"It is starting to wind down. I was going to make my decision next month, but I came to the realization that Minnesota has always been there and they have always known that I was a great player and that is why they offered me. I did not want to have to keep proving myself to these other schools that I worthy to play for them when I had already been worthy to playing for Minnesota the whole time. They are a great school. I love the coaches there. I love the campus. It is a great living environment for me and that was the place that I wanted to go and I committed today."

You were at the Junior Day and the spring game. Do you have any other trips planned to Minnesota?

"I am driving up on the 19th to do their camp on the 20th."

Wisconsin had received commitments from a couple of tight ends (Merrill's Sam Arneson gave his oral commitment to Wisconsin in mid-April, while Waunakee's Austin Maly did the same in late-May) Is that one reason, you weren't looknig at them as much?

"That is not the total reason why. Wisconsin is a great school and a lot of people know that, but they have not been in a lot of contact with me. They've been kind of hot and cold with them now and they were hot and cold with me when I was at their practice. With the tight end committing, that was a slight reason why. It was a good decision to like move on from Wisconsin and this is where it's at now."

What things are you working on to improve as a player?

"What I am trying to improve on right now is probably my blocking skills a little bit because at the Iowa camp that I was at this last Saturday, I noticed that I was leaning too far forward and I was lunging. I need to work on my footwork a little bit. There are some things more that I need to work on, but I think overall, I am good as a receiver, just my blocking needs a little more work and I'll be all right."

Have you talked to the Gophers coaches about the possibility of playing as a freshman or redshirting your first year?

"They did not really talk about that right away, but I am probably guessing that I will redshirt my freshman year. I really have on intentions of playing my freshman year, unless I earn the spot to do that. I really just want to get acclimated with the whole system and take my time with it and progressively move into it from there."

Rohr is an excellent student with an overall GPA of 3.45 and core GPA of 3.4. He is thinking about majoring in exercise physiology and Kinesiology.

Brookfield Central was 5-4 last year and 3-4 in the conference. The Lancers finished 13-1 in 2006, 8-3 in 2007 and 9-2 in 2008. Rohr is hoping that the team can return to its previous form.

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