20 high school football semifinalists and their college plans

If your favourite high school is not among the many 28 groups nonetheless alive within the football state playoffs, you may need a rooting curiosity in any other case.

Your favourite college is perhaps concerned.

Plenty of gamers competing this week that can proceed their football careers in college. Here’s a have a look at some college commitments and issues and one pending determination:

Carson Hansen, Lakeville South, operating again: A four-year starter for the defending Class 6A state champs, he’s a difference-maker. He is ready to take his hard-charging dashing abilities to Iowa State.

Kade Gilbertson, Rosemount, linebacker: A sideline-to-sideline, bodily participant, Gilbertson will probably be a teammate of Hansen, having accepted a most well-liked walk-on provide at Iowa State.

(*20*)Chiddi Obiazor, Eden Prairie, defensive finish: Tremendous all-around athlete — he’s additionally the highest scorer on the basketball staff — the explosive edge rusher is dedicated to Kansas State.

Sam Peters, Maple Grove, tight finish: The 6-4, 225-pounder is a fluid athlete who excels at gaining yards after the catch. He’s battled accidents for a lot of the season, so the primary probability to see him play would possibly come when he dons the Gophers uniform.

Alex Elliott, Hutchinson, linebacker: He’s a tackling machine who makes use of velocity and distinctive instincts to make performs, and he is dedicated to the Gophers. Elliott missed Hutchinson’s quarterfinals victory over Class 4A No. 1 Stewartville due to an ankle harm.

Gavin Nelson, Simley, operating again: Nelson is a hard-nosed runner who has bulldozed his option to greater than 1,800 dashing yards. It’s your final probability to see him on the gridiron. He’s buying and selling shoulder pads for a Gophers wrestling singlet subsequent yr.

Sam Backer, Chatfield, operating again: One yr in the past, Backer missed the Class 2A state championship sport due to an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty within the semifinals. Backer, simply 458 yards away from turning into the main rusher in state historical past, is dedicated to Minnesota State Mankato.

Jacob Lopau, Rocori, offensive lineman: There are so many parallels to a different Rocori product, Matt Waletzko, who was drafted within the fifth spherical by the Dallas Cowboys final spring. Waletzko performed at North Dakota, the place Lopau is headed. Both are 6-7. Both are maulers.

Hayden Bills, Rosemount, defensive lineman: He has a relentless motor on the defensive position, and he is additionally the defending Class 3A champion and state-meet record-holder in discus. He’s dedicated to Arizona State, a prime school for throwers, for observe and discipline.

Jacob Kilzer, Maple Grove, quarterback: A 3-year starter, he adjusted his sport this season from being primarily a thrower to a pressure when he runs. Still has a robust, correct arm, however wants it far much less typically. He’s uncommitted.

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Jacory Bates. Eden Prairie, cornerback: Committed to MSU Mankato.

Ian Burau, Watertown-Mayer, defensive lineman: Committed to MSU Mankato.

Wyatt Gilmore, Rogers, defensive finish, junior: A junior, he is leaning towards the Gophers.

Devin Jordan, Eden Prairie, defensive again: Committed to Air Force.

Owen Leach, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, athlete: He suits into the athlete class in football, and that exhibits in his college plans. He’s set to play basketball for Minnesota Duluth.

Jackson Powers, Maple Grove, defensive again: Gophers.

Caleb Sandstrom, Elk River, linebacker: St. Thomas

Sawyer Tordsen, Fairmont, defensive lineman: Augustana.

Tyler Walden, Eden Prairie, operating again: St. Thomas

Joey Zach, Eden Prairie, offensive lineman: Winona State.

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