January 3, 2023

Gary Community School Corporation student-athlete De’Eric Mister Signs

to Play Football with the University of Minnesota

Mister boasts a 4.0 GPA


(Gary, IND) – On December 21, 2022, De’Eric Mister–graduating senior from West Side Leadership Academy (WSLA) and athletic standout–signed his letter of intent to play football for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers in the Fall. The public signing was held at WSLA during the holiday break where family, friends and teammates gathered in support.

Mister’s busy high school career is filled with him playing multiple sports including football, basketball, track and baseball all while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. His hard work has not gone unnoticed as several schools from Big Ten to Ivy League have expressed interest in recruiting the humble, soft-spoken scholar.

According to Mister, he chose the University of Minnesota due to the hospitality received during his visit and the instant connection felt with the team and head coach P.J Fleck.

“Minnesota is a great choice for De’Eric,” said WSLA Head Football Coach Alger Boswell. “He will be playing not only for a Big 10 school but one of the best conferences for offensive linemen. De’Eric has a bright future ahead of him, even the opportunity to make it to the NFL.”

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Caption: De’Eric Mister signs intent letter to Minnesota as parents look on.