It was his fourth visit to Minnesota but the first time in-state defensive end Andrew Stelter (Owatonna, Minn./Owatonn) got to sit in Jerry Kill’s office before the game. In fact, the Minnesota coach told Stelter no other prospect has had that opportunity all season.
Kill brought Stelter in his office for good reason, too. He wanted to offer the 6-foot-4, 245-pound junior a scholarship.
“It was pretty cool for them to do that for me,” Stelter said, “and it shows how special I am to them.”
Stelter is only the third 2014 prospect from Minnesota to garner an offer from the Gophers. It is also the first offer for Stelter.
“It felt awesome. All the hard work I put in and to finally get my first offer out of the way, it’s just awesome,” he said.
Never a Gophers fan growing up, Stelter started to grow a liking for Minnesota over the last year so once his recruitment began. All four of his visits to Minnesota have come this year, and that has helped foster not only a relationship with Minnesota's coaches but a passion for the program.
“I really like the coaches. I feel like I’m personable with all of them,” he said. “They have nice facilities, the locker room is awesome, huge, and the stadium is sweet.
“And it’s cool it’s my home state and maybe I’ll get a chance to play in front of those fans,” he said.
Stelter has also visited Nebraska and Wisconsin this season and could visit Iowa on Saturday. All three programs are showing interest in Stelter, who estimates he has nine sacks this season.