Chris Streveler’s summer just became less stressful and a lot less busy.
The Marian Central quarterback, who will be a senior, committed to the University of Minnesota to play football Friday night. Streveler was with his high school teammates on their way to a 7-on-7 camp at Notre Dame when he received Minnesota’s offer.
Streveler knew the Golden Gophers’ coaches were interested and previously had discussed it with his parents, Erik and Christine, and his sister, Sophie. He gave quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski his commitment on the spot, while the rest of the Hurricanes celebrated with him.
“I finally get to work out every day and be there for my team,” Streveler said. “I had so many one-day camps lined up. This was no spur-of-the-moment thing, we talked about every scenario possible.”
Streveler (6-foot-2, 195 pounds) was the 2011 Northwest Herald Football Player of the Year after leading the Hurricanes to an 11-1 record. They lost to eventual Class 5A state champion Montini in the playoff quarterfinals.
South Dakota State was the only school that previously had offered Streveler a scholarship, although he had looked at Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Pittsburgh, Harvard and Yale.
Minnesota coach Jerry Kill runs a spread offense, similar to what he ran as head coach at NIU and to what Marian runs. Streveler was a dangerous dual threat for Marian and accounted for 43 touchdowns. He completed 174 of 281 passes for 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 970 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Streveler is the first junior to be selected as the Herald's Player of the Year.
“They like a mobile quarterback who can run eight to 12 times a game,” said Streveler, who watched the Gophers’ spring game and attended a one-day camp at Minnesota on June 17. “I really liked their system.”
Kill and his staff told Streveler they see similar qualities that former NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish, who was taken in the seventh round of the NFL Draft by Indianapolis.
“He’s a great quarterback and they recruited him to Northern,” Streveler said. “I’m excited to have that comparison.”
Marian coach Ed Brucker spoke glowingly of Streveler’s leadership abilities, along with his football talent, last season.
"He has that charisma," Hurricanes coach Ed Brucker said. "He treats everybody equal. He's a natural-born leader, one of the better ones I've had. It's inspirational to the other guys."
Marian won the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division.