Forest Lake High's Patrick Kasl is a rising junior with good size (6-6, 260 pounds) and shows ability on film. He should only get better this year too as he now has a year of experience under his belt.
"It was my first year on varsity," he said. "I played freshman ball the year before, so it was a big change from freshman to varsity. The guys were definitely better. It was challenging, but I had lots of help to get through it, so it went well."
Despite not having as much team success, Kasl has kept a positive mindset throughout.
"The year for me personally went well, I didn't have any injuries, but the team didn't win a game, but we are in a challenging conference."
Last weekend, Kasl attended Minnesota's junior elite camp, and had a chance to show the Gophers what he could do and learn from their staff.
"The camp was good. Some of the best players in the state were there. It's nice playing against people my age who were a challenge. I think I did fairly well. The OL coach, Coach Limegrover, he talked to me during the camp multiple times and a little bit during the combine and some during instruction."
Should the dominoes fall correctly for Kasl to earn an offer from the Gophers, he says it would quite the honor.
"It would be great to stay close to home. It's always something I've considered, and I've always been a fan of the Gophers. It's my home state, so I'd always like to play there."