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Minnesota Football Recruiting: OG John Michael Schmitz commits to Gophers

Another commit with a Louisville offer joins Minnesota’s 2017 class.

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(*Editor's note...What the heck does "Commitment to Eight" mean? It is our new recurring title for recruit commitments referencing a commitment to work towards the Gopher's Eighth National Championship.)

John Michael Schmitz was one of the original six to commit to Coach Fleck and Minnesota. Schmitz comes to the Gophers from Illinois. He is a large kid, who moves well and should bring some toughness to Minnesota.


Ryan Burns of GopherIllustrated ($cout).

“Following coach Fleck to Minnesota just means a lot because I get to play in the Big Ten. I always wanted to play in the Big Ten since I was a little kid, and now I'll get my chance. Coach Fleck has something special going, and I want to be a part of it. His energy just motivates you and gets you pumped up. That's the coach I want to play for. I believe I'll be playing guard there, and I'm definitely good with that. I want Minnesota fans to know I can't wait to be a Gopher, and Ski-U-Mah!"


Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 270 lbs.

Big 4 Ratings:

Other major offers: Louisville, Cincy


Site Stars Rating Pos. Rank
Site Stars Rating Pos. Rank
Scout 3 n/a 54
Rivals 3 5.5 n/a
247 3 83 69
ESPN n/a n/a n/a


Senior year highlights:

TDG Analysis

In Two Words - if you have to remember just two things about this player...

  • Quick
  • Athletic

Absurd Comparisons

Schmitz gets out in space rather well, he moves well for a big man and needs to add strength. He reminds me of Tommy Olson with this size and position flexibility.

Scheme Fit

Seems destined to be a Guard or possibly even Center. But I love watching the tape on Schmitz and how well he seeks guys out at the second level.

Impact on Other Prospects?

Jimmie Terry, the JUCO Guard has already made it clear that he’s no longer going to be a Gopher after Fleck has told him as much. Schmitz is certainly filling the need for more high school help along the interior of the line.