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Red Wing offensive/defensive lineman Nick Connelly, considered a three-star recruit by, gave a verbal commitment to the University of Minnesota on Tuesday. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)

Football: Connelly commits to Golden Gophers

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In eighth grade, Nick Connelly started hitting the weights. At that point, he didn’t have dreams of becoming a Division I athlete; he just wanted to reach his potential.


"My dad was just like, 'You should go work out. You could be a really big dude,’” Connelly said. "He always told me that if God gives you something, use it to your full potential. He gave me size, so use it to go as far as I can.”

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Joe Brown
Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.
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