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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Kiante Hardin commits to Gophers

Posted by: Joe Christensen Updated: October 14, 2014 - 5:21 PM

The Gophers landed another recruiting commitment Tuesday, this time from the high school where Jerry Kill made his head coaching debut.

Kiante Hardin, a speedy 5-10, 164-pound cornerback from Webb City (Mo.) High School, announced he was heading to Minnesota on Twitter, giving the Gophers 16 commitments for the 2015 class.

Kill coached at Webb City in 1988 and 1989, going 25-1 with one state title.

Hardin, a consensus three-star recruit, also had reported offers from Army, Bowling Green and Northern Iowa, among others.

Gophers get commitment from Louisiana cornerback Alonzo Craighton

Posted by: Joe Christensen Updated: October 13, 2014 - 1:39 PM

The secondary is a major priority for the Gophers with their 2015 recruiting class, and they added a Louisiana defensive back to the mix Monday.

Alonzo Craighton, a 6-1, 185-pound cornerback from Geismar (La.) Dutchtown High School, announced his commitment to Minnesota on Twitter.

Craighton is a consensus three-star recruit, who also had offers from Louisiana Tech and Memphis. He is the Gophers' 15th commitment for 2015, and the fourth defensive back, joining Ray Buford (Southfield, Mich.) Jacob Huff (Bolingbrook, Ill.), Antonio Shenault (Roselle, Ill.).

The Gophers could add two or three more defensive backs to this class, knowing they need to replace current seniors Cedric Thompson, Derrick Wells, Grayson Levine and Marcus Jones.

Cornerback from Chicago suburb commits to Gophers

Posted by: Joe Christensen Updated: October 9, 2014 - 5:26 PM

The Gophers landed a commitment from Antonio Shenault, a cornerback from Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park High School in the Chicago suburbs.

The 5-11, 175-pound Shenault is a consensus three-star recruit who also has reported offers from Iowa State and Northern Illinois. He is the 14th commitment in the Gophers' 2015 class. He announced the news on Twitter:

Seth Green narrows list to Minnesota, Oregon and Michigan State

Posted by: Joe Christensen Updated: September 25, 2014 - 9:04 AM

East Ridge quarterback Seth Green, one of the nation's top dual threat QB recruits in the 2016 class, narrowed his list of college choices Thursday to Minnesota, Oregon and Michigan State.

Green, a conensus four-star recruit, made the announcement on Twitter, adding that a decision is coming Oct. 17.

Gophers land commitment from Georgia running back

Posted by: Joe Christensen Updated: September 11, 2014 - 3:42 PM

The Gophers added another running back to their 2015 recruiting class Thursday, when they got a verbal commitment from Shannon Brooks, from Pickens High School, in Jasper, Ga.

The 5-10, 198-pound Brooks also had a reported offer from Georgia Tech. Rivals.com lists him as a two-star recruit.

The Gophers now have 13 commitments for their 2015 class, including three running backs -- Brooks, James Johannesson (Fargo South) and Jonathan Femi-Cole (Vaughan, Ontario).

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