Each week, we’ll take an in-depth look at our All-State preseason football team and let you know how a few of those athletes are faring as the season progresses.
UP — Mitchell Leidner, Lakeville South, QB
Leidner is the state's second quarterback to verbally commit to Minnesota, joining Philip Nelson of Mankato West. The senior pledged to the Gophers last week. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and found the end zone 17 times last season, and he rushed for six scores as well. Leidner didn't crack our top two quarterbacks when we put our first team together, but there's a distinct chance he'll end up as one of the top two when all is said and done.
DOWN — Joe Mollberg, Detroit Lakes, QB
With Leidner and Nelson both making their college decisions in recent weeks, Mollberg is a top quarterback without a college commitment. His current offers include North Dakota, North Dakota State and South Dakota State — all fine programs, but none of which have the track record or the conference affiliation that in-state Minnesota offers. Still, a strong season from Mollberg could make a big difference and help the offers keep rolling in. Mollberg can make plays both with his feet and his arm, and that usually translates well to the next level. Don't expect the senior signal-caller to be down for long.
UP — Isaac Hayes, St. Thomas Academy (Mendota Heights), OL
Hayes is the state's No. 1 recruit, the nation's No. 6 offensive guard and is No. 114 among all recruits nationwide in the ESPNU 150. The Minnesota pledge checks in at 6-foot-2 and 270 pounds, and his family already has a track record of success at the next level (his brother plays at Stanford). He'll need to get a little bigger, but in terms of skill and technique, Hayes has already proven he's ready for the next level.