Aaron Richter

Aaron Richter

Mankato West’s all-state receiver Aaron Richter has verbally committed to play football next fall at Minnesota State University.

“It came down to playing time, the location and how big the offer was,” Richter said. “I like that I am staying close to home and with the style of offense they run, it seems like a good fit for me.

“I wanted to make sure football is what I wanted to do. I didn’t really get a lot of offers for basketball so I knew football would be it. Coach (Todd) Hoffner is an all-around nice guy who is easy to get along with. I like the way he runs his program, not too strict yet not too laid back.”

Richter, a 6-foot-3, 185-pounder, who helped the Scarlets win the Class 4A state football championship in November, will be able to sign a letter of intent on Feb. 4. Minnesota State coach Todd Hoffner is unable to talk about recruits until he’s received the signed letter of intent.

Richter broke his own school record this season by making 76 receptions for 1,226 yards and 20 touchdowns, bringing his career numbers to 171 receptions for 2,640 yards and 33 touchdowns over three varsity seasons.

“I think it’s going to be fun having him in town,” West coach Mark Esch said. “It’s exciting for him to have another four years to play in front of the Mankato fans.

“I think he’ll excel at that level. As long as he stays focused and works hard, he’ll have a great career.”

Richter, who along with his twin brother Mike also competes on the basketball and track and field teams, said he had always hoped to continue playing at the collegiate level.

“Growing up we always talked to our dad (Ron) about playing sports in college.” Aaron Richter said. “Now, the fact that it is happening is basically a dream come true.”

Last season, all of Minnesota State’s freshmen were redshirted.

Mike Richter intends to pursue an engineering degree at either the University of Wisconsin or University of Minnesota and does not intend to play intercollegiate sports.

“At first it seemed likely that we were going to end up at the same school together, but (Mike) had a change of heart so I decided to handle things on my own and stay in town,” Aaron Richter said.

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