Eskridge Is Feeling Golden

San Mateo (Calif.) Serra running back DeLeon Eskridge is heading to the Twin Cities after a busy weekend that saw him take two official visits, came to an end and him deciding on playing in the Big Ten...

A whirlwind weekend that saw him take visits to both Nebraska and Minnesota officially winded down with San Mateo (Calif.) Serra running back DeLeon Eskridge making his college choice.

"I committed to Minnesota last night," said Eskridge. "Basically, the environment there, the transition to Minneapolis and the coaches being really cool, that all played a part. I thought it would be a cool place for me to play."

Eskridge admitted that seeing the success of Marion Barber and Laurence Maroney, two former Gopher backs, was something he factored in.

"I thought about that a lot, that when you name those two backs, and they're being talked about, and they both came from Minnesota, that's a good thing," said Eskridge. "I'll be playing that competition in the Big Ten and I feel that is a blessing."

Eskridge said that the chance for early playing time also played a role for him.

"They said that if I come, I will get playing time. They don't favor anyone, you have to work for it," said Eskridge.

Eskridge was impressed with Minneapolis, more than he expected he'd be.

"I thought the city was real nice and the campus looked real good. I didn't think it would be as nice and pretty as it was," said Eskridge.

Now, with his decision out of the way, Eskridge can focus on heading to the Twin Cities in a few months.

"I'm excited and trying to train and getting my body and mind prepared to play in the Big Ten," said Eskridge. "I'm excited and ready to get focused and handle business."

As a senior, Eskridge scored 11 touchdowns and rushed for over 900 yards.

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