Lake Catholic tight end Cross Nimmo commits to Minnesota

Apr. 12—Growing up in the heart of Big Ten country, Cross Nimmo was much more atuned to the Ohio State and Michigan football programs more than any other.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers? As Nimmo put it, "I just knew them as the other team in the Big Ten that started with an M."

Things have changed quite a bit for the 6-foot-6, 230-pound tight end from Lake Catholic. He now knows Minnesota as his future home for college football.

Nimmo has committed to Coach P.J. Fleck's program, a decision he made on X (formerly Twitter) on April 12.

100% Committed‼️@Marty_Gibbons @CoachJimmyKing @Coach_Fleck @CoachKoehler @CoachHarbaugh @LCCougarFB @AllenTrieu @247Sports @Rivals

— Cross Nimmo (@cross_nimmo9) April 11, 2024

"I am excited and blessed to say that I have committed to The University of Minnesota to continue my academic and athletic career," he wrote in his post. "Thank you to all my family, friends and coaches who have supported me all along this incredible journey. ROW THE BOAT, SKI-U-MAH, GO GOPHERS!!"

Rated three stars by 247sports, Nimmo picked Minnesota over 12 other programs who offered him full-ride athletic scholarships — Rutgers, Arkansas State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Connecticut, East Carolina, Illinois, Kent State, Louisville, Marshall, Ohio and Toledo.

"It's very exciting to know I'm going somewhere to college for free and to play the sport I love," the son of Susanna and Glenn Nimmo said. "I'm going to go into my senior year with no stress. I can just go out and play the game I love with my friends."

100% Committed‼️@Marty_Gibbons @CoachJimmyKing @Coach_Fleck @CoachKoehler @CoachHarbaugh @LCCougarFB @AllenTrieu @247Sports @Rivals

— Cross Nimmo (@cross_nimmo9) April 11, 2024

Nimmo is coming off a junior season in which he had 30 catches for 801 yards (26.7-yard average) with 15 touchdowns scored in Lake Catholic's high-powered offense led by junior quarterback Frankie Trinetti (3,294 yards passing, 38 touchdowns) and senior receiver Ace Peterlin (77 catches, 1,138 yards, 11 touchdowns). He also played defensive end for the Cougars, who went 10-3 and advanced to the third round of the Division IV, Region 13 playoffs.

Nimmo said he will play tight end for the Golden Gophers.

"I chose Minnesota because I love Coach Fleck," Nimmo said. "I love how he cares about everybody in his program. He reminds me of (Lake Catholic) Coach Marty Gibbons. When I sat in (Fleck's) office the last time I was there, you could tell how invested he is in your life. He doesn't just care about you on the football field, but he also wants you to be a better man so you can succeed later in your life."

Nimmo said he called Minnesota's tight ends coach Eric Koehler and said, "Hey coach, I've got some good news for you." Moments later, Fleck joined the conversation on Facetime. All parties were excited about the commitment.

Nimmo has had a busy career at Lake Catholic as a four-sport athlete. Not only does he play football in the fall, but he also was a starting forward for the Lake Catholic boys basketball team. This spring, he is pitching for the Cougars' baseball team and also running track in the 100, 200 and 4×200 relay.

"Once I go to college, it'll be just football," he said. "I'll miss basketball a lot. Actually, when I was younger I wanted to be in the NBA someday. Around seventh grade, I realized I'm not tall enough or good enough as I need to be do do that, so football took on a greater importance then."

He plans to major in broadcast journalism at Minnesota, noting, "I've watched a lot of ESPN," as his motivation.

With his college decision wrapped up — and Nimmo said he is not and will not waver from his choice — he is looking forward to a strong finish to his junior year in baseball and track, as well as a banner season this coming fall in football.

"I'm super excited to be back with all my buddies in football," he said. "I think we're going to be a dangerous team. I don't think we were satisfied with how last season ended. We've got a very good group returning. I think we're going to go far."