Eau Claire (WQOW) -- The Badgers beat the Gophers, Saturday, at TCF Bank Stadium, but that didn't stop Eau Claire Memorial lineman Jack Kern, who attended the game, from announcing his commitment to Minnesota via social media.
Monday, Kern tells News 18 Sports Director Bob Bradovich that he feels the Gophers are the best fit for him, adding that he's looking forward to buying into the culture that first-year head coach P.J. Fleck is trying to install at Minnesota. Kern, who was a multi-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines at Memorial, says his college position is yet to be determined.
"They've talked about center, guard, interior O-line, but they've also talked about interior D-line, nose guard, anywhere in there, they're not sure yet, because it's kind of a thing where they'll figure it out once I get there and start playing and [they] see me on the field."
Kern is the latest in a line of Big Rivers Conference products who've committed to Big Ten programs. Menomonie's Mason Stokke and Alex Fenton are currently on the Wisconsin roster, with Mustangs linebacker Mason Platter verbally committed to the Badgers. Menomonie's Nate Stanley is the starting quarterback at Iowa, while Kern's Memorial teammate, Cormac Sampson, has a verbal commitment with Wisconsin.
Kern says he also considered offers from North Dakota State, Iowa, St. Cloud State, and Sioux Falls, where is older brother, Nolan, currently plays.