It has been a long time since I posted anything about Gopher football here. Do not think that shows a lack of enthusiasm or that my support is wavering.
Quite the opposite but time has been in very short supply so while I have been attending and traveling to games my blogging has been absent.
My Tweets however have been in great supply. You can follow me on Twitter by clicking @Gophers
Today is National Signing Day for football and this evening I will be attending the University of Minnesota event at TCF Bank Stadium.
I look forward to seeing some old friends tonight and hearing from Coach Kill about this class.
Below is a press release from the athletic department on today’s announcements.
NOTE: The U of M athletic department has done an awesome job today. They have player bio's posted including video and I have added the link for each player below. For more information click Minnesota National Signing Day.
Kill Introduces 2012 Golden Gopher Football Signing Class
University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill has announced the addition of 31 student-athletes to the Golden Gopher football program.
Of the 31 student-athletes announced by Kill Wednesday, eight were already enrolled in classes at the University of Minnesota. Nineteen signed their National Letters of Intent Wednesday, while four others signed Acceptance of Admission forms.
Twenty-five members of Minnesota’s recruiting class will be true freshmen for the 2012 season, while six join the Gophers from the junior college ranks.
"The most important thing for us was to make sure we got kids that fit in here at the University of Minnesota with our system and what we expect,” Kill said. “I think we did that. And then of course we needed to improve the athleticism and speed in our football program and I think we did that too."
A wide net was cast to land the 2012 Gopher recruiting class. Thirteen states are represented in the hometowns of the newest Gopher class. Ten of the newest Gophers hail from the State of Minnesota. Texas is next on the list with four, while three come from Florida. Two each are joining the Gopher program from Wisconsin and Ohio, while there was one each from California, Delaware, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, Missouri, Illinois and Alabama.
The 2012 Minnesota recruiting class is a little heavier on the defensive side of the ball, with 16 listed in defensive positions. Eleven of the signees are slated to play on the offensive side of the ball, while four are currently listed as athletes and could play on either side.
Defensive back was the most heavily-targeted position. Eight of the student-athletes announced Wednesday are penciled in for the secondary. The defensive line saw the next-biggest influx of talent with six of the new Gophers expected to play on the line of scrimmage. Minnesota signed two linebackers. On offense, three student-athletes each are listed as wide receivers and offensive linemen. The Gophers added two quarterbacks, two running backs and one tight end.
2012 University of Minnesota Signing Day Recruiting Class
Name Pos. Ht. Wt.
Duke Anyanwu ATH 6-4 230 Blaine, Minn./Blaine HS
Jeremy Baltazar* DB 6-0 190 Corona, Calif./Blinn College
Briean Boddy* CB 5-11 175 Wilmington, Del./Coffeyville CC
Cedric Dicke** DB 6-3 200
Cannon Falls, Minn./Cannon Falls HS
Scott Ekpe* DT 6-4 260 Lewisville, Texas/Lewisville HS
Isaac Fruechte* WR 6-3 210 Caledonia, Minn./Rochester CTC
James Gillum* RB 5-11 208
Pearl River, La./Mississippi Gulf Coast CC
Jamel Harbison WR 5-11 195 Charlotte, N.C./Mallard Creek HS
Tyler Hartmann** DL 6-3 245 Andover, Minn./Andover HS
Isaac Hayes OL 6-2 275
Brooklyn Park, Minn./St. Thomas Academy
Jordan Hinojosa DT 6-3 275
Miami, Fla./Central HS
Ben Holcomb** DB 6-4 200 Germantown, Wis./Germantown HS
Antonio Johnson DB 6-0 190
Cleveland, Ohio/Shaker Heights HS
Roland Johnson DT 6-1 295 Duncan, S.C./Butler County CC
Alex Keith DE 6-3 230 Columbia, Mo./Hickman HS
Ben Lauer OT 6-6 265 Plymouth, Minn./Wayzata HS
Mitch Leidner* QB 6-4 225
Lakeville, Minn./Lakeville South HS
Jack Lynn LB 6-3 210
Lake Zurich, Ill./Lake Zurich HS
KJ Maye ATH 5-10 190 Mobile, Ala./Murphy HS
Andre McDonald WR 6-2 200 Minnetonka, Minn./Hopkins HS
John McKelvey** ATH 6-0 190
Hunting Valley, Ohio/University School
Eric Murray CB 6-0 178
Milwaukee, Wis./Riverside University HS
Philip Nelson* QB 6-2 220 Mankato, Minn./West HS
Jonah Pirsig OT 6-9 295
Blue Earth, Minn./Blue Earth Area HS
Lincoln Plsek ATH 6-4 245 Waco, Texas/Reicher HS
Nick Rallis LB 5-11 220 Edina, Minn./Edina HS
Martez Shabazz* CB 5-11 165
DeSoto, Texas/Trinity Valley CC
Yoshoub Timms DT 6-2 265
Fort Walton Beach, Fla./Fort Walton Beach HS
Damarius Travis DB 6-2 205 Pensacola, Fla./Pensacola HS
Maxx Williams TE 6-4 235 Waconia, Minn./Waconia HS
Rodrick Williams RB 5-11 228 Lewisville, Texas/Lewisville HS
* = Currently enrolled
** = Signed Acceptance of Admission Form
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