Caleb Bak Will be Walk-On at Minnesota
Bak said that Minnesota's highly-regarded engineering program was the main factor in picking the homestate school.
"First of all, it is a very good engineering school. It is rated really high, especially for a public school. The fact they can offer scholarships in the future is attractive. I was able to go to the summer camp and I really enjoyed training under Coach (Tim) Cross. I have a really enjoyable experience. That (the engineering program) was a huge factor. The U of M is close. That will make it easy to train during the summer since I will not be getting a scholarship right now. I'll have to be living off campus. "
Bak, who is a 3.8 student who scored a 33 on the ACT in Math, said that he received recruiting interest from several schools.
"South Dakota State wanted me as a preferred walk-on. Cornell wanted me along with St. Thomas."
Bak played both sides on the field in high school, but will focus on defense in college.
"I'll be playing defensive tackle. I started both ways in high school. I was All-State, All-Metro and All-Conference for being an offensive lineman. Our running back rushed for more than 1,000 yards. I don't that the coaches submitted me as a defensive player. I actually played defensive end most of the time, which would not be my position in college. We ran a three front and the Gophers run a four front. I'll be playing defensive tackle in college. I played defensive end, which is not my position since I am very quick, but not the outside rushing type. I played offensive guard and did a lot of pulling and trapblocked.
Bak, who has a 285 pound bench press, plans to work hard to get bigger for college.
"I am up to lifting four days a week. I want to see if the Gophers want me to do anything else. I am trying to put on weight. I am trying to increase my vertical. My vertical is 29 inches, which is actually significantly higher than any of the other defensive lineman, according to the Gopher coaches. I am trying to raise that along with all my weight marks."
Bak said that he has not talked to the Gophers about his ideal weight, but hopes to meet with the coaches this week.
"I am planning to go Friday to talk to the coaches about that, preferably Coach Cross or coach Sternquist. I have to see if Coach Cross will be available on Friday to talk about that."
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