GopherSports.com will be posting interviews with many of the newest Gophers from the 2012 signing class throughout the remainder of the winter and spring. The next profile in our series is a conversation with receiver Isaac Fruechte of Rochester Community and Technical College in Rochester, Minnesota.
Fruechte enrolled in school in January so he could participate in spring practice. Fruechte red-shirted last season at RCTC and will have three full years of eligibility as a Golden Gopher. Both Scout.com and Rivals.com rated Fruechte as a two-star prospect.
GopherSports.com: How does it feel to officially be a gopher?
Isaac Fruechte: That's kind of a tough question to answer. It feels great to be with the U of M and be a Gopher finally.
GopherSports.com: When did you know you wanted to be a Gopher?
Isaac Fruechte: Probably when I was pretty young, before I was 10 because my dad was a football coach at Caledonia and he's been very supportive of Minnesota athletics. He always taught me to be loyal to your state and to the people that work and live in Minnesota, so I always wanted to be a Gopher.
GopherSports.com: What do you think the transition will be like going from Rochester Community and Technical College to the Big Ten?
Isaac Fruechte: Hopefully smooth. So far it's been pretty smooth. The speed of the game and the game will be more difficult, more fast-paced and more physical but hopefully I can make the transition pretty quickly. I'll do my best to try and help the team win next year, whether it's on special teams or offense.
GopherSports.com: Why did you decide to enroll early?
Isaac Fruechte: Coach Kill wanted me to get ahead, get workouts done and learn the offensive playbook and things of that nature and be with the team.
GopherSports.com: What are you planning for a major?
Isaac Fruechte: I'm not sure right now. Maybe Sport Management or Recreation, Parks and Leisure Studies.
GopherSports.com: You committed very early on, why was that?
Isaac Fruechte: I was being recruited by other schools but I knew in the back of my mind that if I got that call from Minnesota, that's what I wanted. As soon as I got that call I knew that this is where I wanted to be.
GopherSports.com: What are your goals for next season?
Isaac Fruechte: Next season would be to play as much as possible. Hopefully we can get to a bowl game and just win as many games as possible.
GopherSports.com: What are your goals for your college career and where do you want to be when it's all said and done?
Isaac Fruechte: I don't know a person that plays football who does not want to be a professional football player, so to say that I wouldn't want to be a pro would be a lie. Otherwise, hopefully win a Big Ten Championship and really just help the program and make an impact in the community. Also, I want to help return the passion for Minnesota football that has sort of been lost in recent years.
GopherSports.com: Is there a particular athlete that you try to model yourself after?
Isaac Fruechte: My favorite wide receiver would probably be Jordy Nelson or Tim Dwight. I just try to watch those guys -- or Larry Fitzgerald -- and try to mimic what they do because they're professional athletes, which means they're the best in the world.
GopherSports.com: How do you feel about the new uniforms?
Isaac Fruechte: The new uniforms are amazing. I think they're crazy awesome. I don't really know that much about them, but I like them a lot.
GopherSports.com: What is your favorite TV show?
Isaac Fruechte: Probably Seinfeld.
GopherSports.com: Who is your favorite musician?
Isaac Fruechte: I'm not a big music guy, but I like 70's and 80's music and country music.-Interview by Mitch Praxl, Athletic Communications Student Assistant