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College football decision day: Different paths, same goal

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 12/18/19, 6:45AM CST


With the early signing period opening Wednesday, read how three Minnesota prep athletes took different routes to playing at the next level.

Anoka linebacker Cody Lindenberg (13) was not standing out enough. So he went to a football camp in St. Louis. He will sign with the Gophers on Wednesday. Photo: Leila Navidi, Star Tribune

The timeworn path to play big-time college football — perform like a star on a great high school team, impress recruiters on Friday nights, land a Division I scholarship — doesn’t work for everyone. What happens if your team doesn’t win very often?

What if your heart is set on a school that doesn’t quite share the love? What if you’re a late bloomer at a new position? Cody Lindenberg of Anoka, Wyatt Schroeder of St. Francis and Jaice Miller of Champlin Park all can relate.

Read their stories here.

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