Despite being the last of Minnesota’s Division I-level seniors without a college football commitment, Maple Grove’s Kayode Awosika isn’t in any hurry to decide before the Feb. 3 signing day.
The 6-5, two-way lineman decided not to play basketball this winter, preferring to use his extra time to prepare for football. “I wanted to bulk up for football and take some of my official visits,” said Awosika, who is at 288 pounds right now, up from his fall weight of 265 pounds. “I miss basketball, but I like being a fan, too.”
Awosika took an official visit to Wyoming before Christmas. “It was fun. They took me snowmobiling and the mountains were beautiful. I’ve never seen the mountains before,” he said.
He was scheduled to visit South Dakota State on Saturday and was lining up visits to North Dakota State on Jan. 16 and possibly Hawaii, which recently extended an official offer to him, the next weekend.
Other programs who have made offers to Awosika, who hasn’t determined if he wants to play offense or defense, are Illinois St., Iowa State, Montana, Montana State, Nevada, Northern Iowa and South Dakota.
As for the University of Minnesota, Awosika said new Gophers offensive line coach Bart Miller requested Awosika’s packet of information.
Awosika said he has yet to hear back. “I’m not worried about it,” he said. “I want to make sure I make the best decision for me. If [the Gophers] want me, they know where to find me.”
Benilde-St. Margaret’s senior Amanda Kautzer, a cross-country skier, will represent the United States in two upcoming international biathlon competitions.
Kautzer will be a member of Team USA in the Youth/Junior World Biathlon Championships in Romania in late January and in the 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, in mid-February.