Big Ten: Ge'Shun Harris

Minnesota has dismissed wide receiver Ge'Shun Harris after he was charged with financial transaction card fraud.

The charge, which is a felony, was filed against Harris on March 5, and Gophers head coach Jerry Kill said in a statement that he was made aware of the situation Thursday afternoon.

"We had no idea about this situation until today," Kill said in a news release. "Every member of our team is well-aware of our expectations of them and how we enforce our team policies."

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Harris is accused of taking a bag that did not belong to him off the carousel at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport on Jan. 4. He later allegedly used a credit card that had been in the bag to buy gas and $462 worth of merchandise at Macy's.

Police said that when questioned, Harris admitted taking the bag but had done so mistakenly. Police said Harris told them he had used the credit card on four occasions.

The newspaper report also says Harris pleaded guilty to petty misdemeanor theft in December and faces a previous shoplifting charge from an incident at a Walmart in St. Paul.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Harris was a junior college transfer into the program last year. He played in five games and had one catch for 28 yards against Michigan State.
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
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.