The Gophers lost a top recruit from their 2018 recruiting class Tuesday night.
Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Alex Reigelsperger announced on Twitter that he was retiring due to medical reasons. Sometime during spring practices, Reigelsperger suffered a career-ending injury.
“In April I received a very serious neck injury and concussion,” Reigelsperger said in his tweet. “I was in the hospital for around four days, in which I had multiple tests, scans and physical therapy sessions.”
After reflecting on the injury for the last few months Reigelsperger decided that stepping away from the game would be what’s best for him and his health.
“I understood the consequences of furthering my athletic career if I chose to do so and they were dangerous to what I want to do in life,” he said.
Reigelsperger was approved for a medical non-counter through the NCAA, which allows him to continue working on his degree of youth studies at the University of Minnesota. The aid he receives from the school will not count against the team.
The Dayton, Ohio native was a three-star recruit coming out of Wayne High School. According to 247 Sports, he was ranked as the fifth-highest recruit for the University of Minnesota in their 2018 class. ESPN had him ranked 157th overall that year.
"This will not define who I am or what I become," he wrote.