Joe Christensen covered Major League Baseball for 15 years, including three seasons at the Baltimore Sun and eight at the Star Tribune, before switching to the college football beat. He’s a Faribault, Minn., native who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1996. He covered Jim Wacker’s Gophers for the Minnesota Daily and also wrote about USC, UCLA and the Rose Bowl for the Riverside Press-Enterprise before getting this chance to cover football again.

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A big-time recruiting switch?

Posted by: under College football Updated: February 1, 2010 - 4:17 PM



Just a quick note here. Four-star wide receiver James Louis, a 5-11, 178-pounder from Delray Beach, Florida, has indicated on his Facebook page that he may be headed to the Gophers instead of Ohio State on Wednesday.

The nuances of today's electronic social networking never ceases to amaze me.

Louis, who got offers from a ton of BCS schools, including Florida and Alabama, was a high school teammate of running back Donnell Kirkwood. Indeed, on his Facebook entry, Louis indicates he wants to come north with Kirkwood.

Of course, we'll all have to wait until Wednesday's signing day to see if it is true. But remember, Gophers coach Tim Brewster and his staff have pulled off late surprises before. Last year cornerback Michael Carter was a late switch to the Gophers.


Stay tuned and have a good afternoon.

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