Fruechte's dream comes true

2011-06-10T07:00:00Z 2015-02-24T21:24:12Z Fruechte's dream comes trueRICK SOLEM | Winona Daily News
June 10, 2011 7:00 am  • 

CALEDONIA - Carl Fruechte drove to the golf course where his son was working to give him the news Tuesday. The University of Minnesota football team had just offered Isaac Fruechte a full ride. The dream finally came true.

The 2010 Caledonia High School graduate, who played last season for the Rochester Community and Technical College, is going to be a Golden Gopher.

"I was pretty stunned right away," Isaac said of the news. "I didn't know what to think. It hasn't sunk in even yet. I feel like there's still work to be done. It's a good feeling but it'll be way better when I'm up there.

"I've been a Gophers fan since I knew what football was. It's always been my dream to play for the Gophers and hopefully win and star up there."

Isaac went on to thank his high school and RCTC coaches ... and his math teacher.

"Yeah, my math teacher, for sure," he laughed.

Initially, Isaac, who recently ran a 4.38-second 40-yard dash, wanted to walk on at Minnesota after high school, but his math score wasn't good enough to get into the school.

"His math grade here in Caledonia really hurt him," said Carl, Isaac's father, who was Caledonia's football coach during Isaac's time there. "He wasn't the best at math and that is what it is.

"But he's taken care of that at RCTC. He's gone through that whole process to get his (associates) degree. He has a 3.1 GPA."

The plan now is for Isaac to redshirt his sophomore year at RCTC, graduate in December and be at Minnesota for spring football.

He will have three seasons of eligibility.

For the last month, Carl and Isaac have been in contact with Minnesota coaches.

"Coach Pat Poore - the wide receivers coach - had been in contact with Isaac," Carl said. "He came down to Caledonia and talked for a few hours.

"And about three weeks ago we made a trip up there and met with the quarterback coach (Jim Zebrowski) and (head) coach (Jerry) Kill and laid things out."

Thinking ahead to next season, Isaac feels he's ready.

"I'm not nervous," he said. "I'm excited for the opportunity to try and go up there and make plays."

Isaac caught 29 passes for 788 yards and eight touchdowns as the No. 2 receiver for RCTC (10-2) last season. At Caledonia, he was part of back-to-back MSHSL Class AA state championships.

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