Minnesota loads up on offensive linemen

Most recruiting analysts say it's not fair to judge Minnesota's recruiting class until coach Jerry Kill and his staff have time to go through a full recruiting session.

Although the Gophers' 2011 class likely will rank near the bottom of the Big Ten, Kill and his staff continue to address an area Minnesota must bolster: the offensive line. The Gophers' O-line struggled with inconsistency during Tim Brewster's tenure, although Brewster brought in some talented prospects like Ed Olson and Jimmy Gjere.

Kill has followed things up by bringing in six offensive linemen in the 2011 class plus a walk-on O-lineman (Jon Christenson). Ed Olson's brother Tommy, a four-star guard and Minnesota's top-rated prospect according to ESPN Recruiting, headlines the Gophers' crop of O-linemen. Tackle Kyle McAvoy is the Gophers' No. 2 rated recruit.

Although Kill and his staff have a long list of areas to address, offensive line is a perfect place to start.