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Thursday, February 4, 2010
Minnesota recruiting analysis

By staff

Minnesota Golden Gophers

The class

Recruits: 25 (20 high school seniors, four junior college players, one prep school player)

Top prospects: Jimmy Gjere might be the best offensive lineman from the state of Minnesota not named Seantrel Henderson. Running backs Lamonte Edwards, Donnell Kirkwood and Devon Wright should bolster the Big Ten's worst rushing attack.

Sleepers: Offensive lineman Johnathan Ragoo is a big body with some athleticism. Brewster also likes linebackers Dwayne Mitchell and Willie Tatum.

Needs met: Minnesota still hasn't found an answer at running back, and this class addresses the position with three players. The offensive line needs to be upgraded, and Gjere should help there.

Analysis: Minnesota's 2008 recruiting class generated national headlines, but Brewster believes this class is better top to bottom. The Gophers missed out on several big names, most notably Henderson, but they added depth along the offensive line and signed several skill players who can contribute early. It's imperative that Minnesota finds a capable running back this fall, and Edwards, Kirkwood or Wright could be the answer.

Scouts Inc. grade: C

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