Mike Wey makes commitment

Consensus all-state linebacker verbally commits to Minnesota

Mike Wey, a consensus all-state linebacker at Oak Creek (Wis.) High School, had to bide his time waiting for a Division I scholarship offer. Today that offer arrived and Wey verbally committed to the University of Minnesota.

Gordon Shaw, Minnesota's centers and guards coach, paid Wey an in-home visit to make the offer. Wey will make an official visit to Minnesota this weekend.

"It was awesome," Wey said. "I'd been waiting for so long and then finally it came through. I wanted to go to Minnesota and then when they offered me it was real exciting."

Wey took one previous official visit, traveling to Division II North Dakota last weekend. UND offered Wey a scholarship during that trip.

Wey is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds and he can cover 40 yards in 4.6 seconds. As a senior he had 132 tackles, 18 sacks, eight forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, one interception and one blocked kick.

Why did Wey like Minnesota?

"I like the school. I liked that it's in like a bigger city," he said. "They are a winning team. Usually they get to a bowl game the last three years…

"I went to watch a game last year and I went to one this year and I just really liked the city and stuff. I liked the coaches a lot. And I like coach Shaw, I like him a lot… Playing Big Ten football was one of my goals since I was a little kid."

Oak Creek players have had success at Minnesota, including current Gopher senior defensive end Keith Lipka.

"(Oak Creek) coach (Joe) Koch told me about how like they all had good experiences there," Wey said. "Most of them graduated and they all got to start at one time. I think if I keep on working hard I'll be able to start there too."

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