February 07, 2018 03:44 PM
Antonio Montero was Minnesota's Mr. Football for 2017, and now he's signed, sealed and delivered to play at Rice University in Houston starting this summer
Montero, who was offered a preferred walk-on opportunity at the University of Minnesota, felt the full scholarship at Rice was too good to pass up.
"When I went on a visit to Rice University, I fell in love with the school, the team and the area. On the academic side, it's one of the best schools in the country, and as for football. they have a new coaching staff that got coaches from Stanford and Michigan and other top football programs. I knew it was a place I could really excel as a student and as a player," Montero told KSTP.
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Among the 20 Eden Prairie students who signed with their respective schools, Benny Sapp III, is set to go to the University of Minnesota to play for P.J. Fleck.
"I'm so excited. I can't wait to get started playing college football. It's been a dream of mine since I was little. It's been hard having to go through some of the injuries that have held me back during my high school career, but I feel great now. I know when the football season comes around I'll be a 100 percent ready to give it my all to the University of Minnesota," Sapp III said.
Sapp III signed with the Gophers back in December. But Eden Prairie made him part of the ceremony on Wednesday.
Others student athletes for Eden Prairie at Signing Day included:
Ellie Henry, Marquette University to play women's lacrosse
Grace Persson, University of Michigan to play women's volleyball
Crystalyn Hengler, University of Minnesota to play women's hockey
Alexa Dobchuk, Colgate University to play women's hockey
Joe Schreiber, North Dakota State University to play football
Kyler Kluge, St. Cloud State University to play football
D.J. Johnson, Bemidji State University to play football
Noah Matousek, Moorehead State University(Kentucky) to play baseball
Zack Elliott, University of Minnesota to play baseball
Ben Shepard, University of Minnesota-Duluth to play baseball
Megan Kuntz, Augustana University to play women's soccer
Emily Klysen, Rutgers University women's rowing
Kyle McNeil, Marquette University to play men's lacrosse
Justin Bohlig, DePaul University to play soccer
Kirsten Dagel, University of Minnesota-Duluth to play women's soccer
Josie Lippincott, Bucknell University women's rowing
Zoey Brooks, University of Minnesota-Duluth, to play women's softball
Kaylen Hou, Savannah College of Art and Design, women's swimming & diving
Updated: February 07, 2018 03:44 PM
Created: February 07, 2018 12:07 PM
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