ST. CHARLES – Hours after making his social media announcement verbally committing to Minnesota, St. Charles North junior defensive back Tyler Nubin wasn't enjoying the sunshine outside.
He wasn't en route for ice cream with friends to celebrate his monumental day. Instead, Nubin, donning his newly-minted maroon and gold Minnesota football shirt, was already in the weight room alongside his team minutes after school ended.
In due time, he'll be rowing the boat alongside Minnesota coach P.J. Fleck – a reference to Fleck's team motto while coaching at Western Michigan.
Fleck is an Elburn native and attended nearby Kaneland High School. Fleck's local connection helped in the decision process.
"I had a lot of great choices, but I just felt like Minnesota was the right place for me," Nubin said. "Just walking around, I just felt at home. My family connects really well with their coaching staff."
"I just felt like If I was to make a decision, what school would I necessairly hate to lose? What school would I be like, 'Dang, I should've committed there?' That was Minnesota."
The junior three-star defensive back, is the fifth-rated prospect in Illinois for the class of 2019 according to the 247 Sports Composite, and made the formal decision to verbally commit two days ago. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder is also the 38th-ranked cornerback prospect nationally.
Last weekend, Nubin attended Minnesota's junior day, but it wasn't the first time he visited campus. Shortly following his appearance at the National Combine at the Army All-American Bowl in Jan., Nubin attended a junior day where the offer from Minnesota was extended.
"Ever since then, they've been really proactive in the recruiting game," Nubin said. "I get texts every day from somebody from Minnesota."
Nubin gained immense interest from several Big-10, Mid-American Conference and Southeastern Conference schools, balancing 16 offers in total. Those offers included Michigan State, Northwestern, Tennessee, Iowa and Michigan.
At least for now, Nubin will rebuff other schools should additional offers come in.
"Right now, I'm 100 percent committed to the University of Minnesota," Nubin said.
Nubin has aspirations to eventually play as a freshman, should the opportunity arise. Whether Minnesota wants to redshirt him or not, Nubin is open to that possibility, but he'll compete from the get-go.
Nubin posted 26 tackles, 10 passes defensed, two interceptions and two tackles-for-loss last season. Nubin also tied for a team-high 47 receptions for 702 yards and six touchdowns for the Upstate Eight champions.
"This has been a goal for Ty to play football at the Division I level," North coach Robert Pomazak said. "He went to Minnesota a couple times and every time he came back he was just more and more impressed with coach Fleck, the message he was doing and given the fact that he's so player development-oriented."
Yet, the hunger to satisfy the goal for a state title remains for Nubin into his final campaign.
"Now that I've found a home and I know where I'm going, I can just focus on getting this team better," Nubin said. "This is a really hungry group. I think this class is really special. We've been talking about doing something great since our freshman year and I think this is going to be the right class to do it."