Posted On: 04/19/17 4:15 AM

Chaska senior Alex Strazzanti could have played it safe. He could have taken a full ride scholarship from one of many Division II colleges in the Midwest. Based off a successful high school career Strazzanti has confidence in his abilities. With that confidence, he is forgoing the sure thing and following his dream. He accepted a preferred walk-on offer to play for the Minnesota Gophers.

The Hawks won six games last fall – including a first-round playoff win.

"We were a powerful team," Strazzanti said. "We had a great running back and running game. Towards the end of the year, we picked up defensively."

Like every player who doesn't end his career in the state tournament, the three-year starter would have liked the season to have lasted a few games longer but was happy with his own performance.

"I thought I had a very good senior season," Strazzanti said. "Obviously one of my goals was to make it to State, which I was unable to do, but overall I had a good career at Chaska."

During his three-year varsity career, he rarely came off the field.

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