Signed and sealed: Minnesota Golden Gophers

February, 2, 2011
2/02/11
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Jerry Kill's first recruiting class as Minnesota coach is now official. The Gophers on Wednesday announced the signings of 22 players.

Minnesota signed 17 current high school seniors, two junior college players, one FBS transfer and one player who comes from a prep school.

The players hail from nine states, including six from Minnesota. The class includes 12 offensive players, eight defensive players, one specialist and one athlete.

Here's the position breakdown:

DL: 2
LB: 3
DB: 3
OL:
6
QB: 1
TE: 2
K: 1
Athlete: 1
WR: 3
"I always say you should judge a recruiting class two years down the road," Kill said in a statement. "But I feel good about where we’re at with the time we had. With this class, we’re laying the foundation for what we’re building here. Recruiting is a yearly process and sometimes is a two-year process. For us, it was a three-week process this year. But the previous staff did a great job of keeping kids committed. Our staff really did a great job of hustling around and getting out there."

A few notes:
  • Five Gophers' players are already enrolled: OL Josh Campion, WR Ge'Shun Harris, athlete Marcus Jones, TE John Rabe and K Chris Hawthorne. Harris and Rabe are junior college transfers, while Hawthorne transferred from NC State.
  • The Gophers had one four-star recruit (Tommy Olson) and seven three-star recruits, including three offensive linemen and two linebackers.

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