Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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Towering tight end picks Minnesota over Miami

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers recruiting Updated: January 31, 2013 - 4:23 PM

Thanks for your input on the Big Ten. I’m sure we’ll re-visit that topic several times in coming weeks, but right now, there is more Gophers recruiting news.

Photo courtesy of 247Sports

Nate Wozniak, a 6-10 tight end from Greenwood, Ind., has picked Minnesota over Miami (Fla.), his high school coach told 247Sports.com this morning.

Ranked by the 247Composite as the nation’s No. 37 tight end, Wozniak becomes the 16th commit for Minnesota in the class-of-2013. He also held scholarship offers from Cincinnati, Indiana, Iowa State, Maryland and Purdue.

Ryan Burns, of GopherIllustrated.com, confirmed that Wozniak has committed to Minnesota over Miami, as well.

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According to the Indianapolis Star, Wozniak had 20 receptions for 331 yards last season for Greenwood Center Grove High School. His coach was Eric Moore.

“It’s definitely a major get for Minnesota,” ESPN’s Midwest recruiting analyst Jared Shanker told me this morning. “For one thing, Miami was his number one school for several months. For Minnesota to swoop in and get him so late, from Miami, it’s definitely a major feather in the cap for Jerry Kill and his staff.”

At 6-10, Wozniak would be one of the biggest tight ends in college football history. (Corrected)

“Six-ten at any position on the field is very rare,” Shanker said. “Usually you’re talking offensive tackles, primarily, being 6-8, and that’s even kind of odd. But if he’s able to overcome that -- and based on his offer list, and the schools that wanted him, Wozniak is going to be OK height wise. I would have all the faith in them that his height won’t be a deterrent at all for whether he does play tight end or whether he does get moved to tackle down the line.”

In August, Wozniak told the Indianapolis Star, “I can understand why schools will see me as being a tackle, but I prefer to be a tight end.”

So the Gophers now have 16 commitments in this year’s class, including a 6-10 tight end, and a kicker who is 6-5, 270 pounds.
 

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