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2012 Minnesota Golden Gopher Football Signing Class

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.

Go Gophers!!!

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.                          

Hometown/Previous School

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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