HIGH SCHOOL: Attends Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill. • wore No. 74 for the Vikings • started at left tackle his junior and senior seasons helping the Vikings to a 20-3 record • anchored an offense that averaged more 40 points a game • named IHSFCA 8A All-State, Southwester Suburban All-Conference, earned Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette IHSA Football All-State honors and was named to the Chicago Tribune All-State Team his senior season • consensus three-star recruit by Scout, Rivals, 247 Sports and ESPN • Scout ranked him as a center and had him as the No. 1 center in the Midwest, the No. 8 center in the nation and the No. 96 recruit in the Midwest • as a guard, ESPN listed him listed him as the No. 14 recruit in Illinois, while Illinois had him at No. 33 • coached by Craig Buzea • also lettered in wrestling.
PERSONAL: Born March 19, 1999 • son of John and Deborah Schmitz • has one brother (Jack) and two sisters (Gabrielle and Hannah).
Elite Access: Beach Workout
Go behind the scenes at Gopher Football's first beach workout of the season on the shores of Lake Nokomis in Minneapolis in June of 2017!
Wolitarsky Winnipeg Bound
Former Minnesota receiver Drew Wolitarsky was selected by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the CFL supplemental draft.
Elite Access: Football Etiquette Dinner
The Gopher Football team participated in an etiquette dinner at TCF Bank Stadium in mid-June 2017 to learn about proper dinner etiquette and much more.