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Minnesota picked up their 6th commitment yesterday when Owatonna (MN.) defensive end Andrew Stelter announced to become a Golden Gopher. He is the second in-state commit for Minnesota and have two of the top five recruits in the state committed to go play for Coach Kill.
The 6-4, 250-pound physical defensive linemen choose Minnesota over offers from Yale, Harvard, Duke, Army, Princeton, Northern Illinois and Iowa State. He was also hearing from Pac-10 powerhouse, Stanford Cardinals. He is ranked the No. 101 defensive end in the nation and a three star commit by Fox Sports NEXT.
Brice Marich: Can you tell me how your time at Minnesota went and how you decided to commit to the Gophers?
Andrew Stelter: "My time at Minnesota was really good. We first got there and went to the recruiting room with the other guys that were up there. All the guys went on a tour, but me, my parents, Coach Kill and his wife all stayed in the recruiting room. I was in there for like 15 minutes and that is when I decided to tell him I wanted to commit. After that we just toured around the stadium and went to the football complex and hung out there. We had the BBQ with all the players and coaches, so it was really good."
Brice Marich: Why was Minnesota the school you ultimately choose over a number of other schools?
Andrew Stelter: "The biggest reason I picked Minnesota was because it is home. I want to play in my home state on the football field and represent. Coach Kill and Coach Phelps are great guys and I have great relationships with all of them. I feel more comfortable with them, then all the other coaches from the other schools."
Brice Marich: Do you plan on putting on your recruiting hat and doing any recruiting for Minnesota?
Andrew Stelter: "I haven't yet started recruiting, but I am planning on doing some recruiting for Minnesota. The next couple of weeks, I will hit the ground running. I didn't personally do any recruiting this weekend, but I do know Minnesota commit, Connor Mayes was kind of giving Frank Ragnow a ear full of Gopher love (laughter). He was talking with him a lot and telling him about Minnesota."
Brice Marich: What will you bring to the team when you arrive in the fall for Minnesota?
Andrew Stelter: "I am going to bring my high motor. I give it everything I got on every play and my combination of speed and strength is great. I will be getting after those quarterbacks and running backs. I am looking forward to being a Gopher!"