Ashland-Greenwood lineman Brett Kitrell plays about 20 miles from Lincoln's Memorial Stadium, where his dad played college ball and one of his brothers, Bo, is a walk-on fullback.
Kitrell decided Friday he'd like to play Big Ten football too, though he opted to head 315 miles in the opposite direction to meet that goal. Kitrell announced on Twitter that he was committing to Minnesota.
"Super excited to announce that I have committed to play football at the University of Minnesota!!" Kitrell posted on Twitter.
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound lineman is arguably one of the best-built in-state line prospects in years, but he hadn't yet earned a Nebraska offer at the time of his commitment despite attending Nebraska's big man camp on June 13. He unofficially visited Minnesota four days later, then after just over a month of deliberating, Kitrell committed to the Golden Gophers over offers from Ohio, Air Force, South Dakota State, South Dakota, UCF and others.
Though listed by many recruiting sites as a defensive lineman at the next level, Minnesota will most likely try Kitrell on the offensive side of the ball.
The Gophers "liked my motor and my get-off and my ability to put people in the dirt," Kitrell told The World-Herald in May. "They like the guys who go straightforward and take people one-on-one."
Kitrell is pegged as a three-star prospect by 247 Sports and a two-star by Rivals and Scout, while ESPN does not have a ranking for the lineman, who missed nearly all of his junior campaign in 2015 with an ACL injury.
He's healthy now, though. At the state track meet this spring, the Bluejays standout finished fourth in the shot with a throw of 57-6, while his throw of 177-5 in the discus was good for second place behind current NU commit Cam Jurgens of Beatrice (196-8). It was less than a month later that he was showing his ability to make football moves at the NU big man camp, too.
Here is Kitrell's Twitter post and his junior year highlights: