Croft attended a camp last week at Minnesota, and he wowed Gophers' head coach Jerry Kill, the former NIU coach, and his staff of assistants. They didn't hesitate to offer Croft a scholarship.
"They just liked me a lot throughout the camp," said Croft to Eyewitness News Tuesday. "They said they like what I did with my throwing and my feet about how I moved."
"After I got through with the camp the coaches brought me back to the practice facility. We went upstairs and talked a little bit of football. Then Kill came in, and he offered me the scholarship. Me and my dad were very happy about it."
Croft had offers from several MAC schools including NIU. No other Big Ten schools had made him an official scholarship offer, although several, including Illinois, had shown interest in him.
Croft made up his mind Monday that Minnesota was the place for him, so he called Gophers' quarterbacks coach Jim Zebrowski and gave him the news.
"I said 'Coach I'm ready to be a Golden Gopher, and he was pretty fired up about it. And I called coach Kill to seal the deal," says Croft.
Croft set a Boylan record last fall as a junior by passing for almost 19 hundred yards. He accounted for 28 touchdowns passing and rushing.
Minnesota appears to be on the rise under Kill. The Gophers were 8-5 last season, 4-4 in the Big Ten including wins over Northwestern, Nebraska and Penn State.
"Kill is a great guy," said Croft. "He's doing the same thing he did at NIU a few years back, and now he's doing it with Minnesota."