A closer look at the players who signed letters of intent with the Gophers on Wednesday. The star ratings are from rivals.com.
|Player||Stars||Pos.||High school/Junior college||Ht.||Wt.||Comment|
|Jonathan Celestin||2||LB||Jonesboro (Ga.) Mundy Mill||6-1||205||Gophers found this under-the-radar recruit while working on his high school teammate, Rodney Smith.|
|Gaelin Elmore||3||TE||Somerset (Wis.)||6-6||246||Committed last June and held firm, despite offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.|
|Isaiah Gentry||3||WR||Cincinnati Moeller||6-4||185||Speedy receiver flipped his commitment from Kent State. Also had an offer from Rutgers.|
|Jerry Gibson||2||ATH||Theodore (Ala.)||6-3||220||Visited South Carolina last weekend. Top athlete who could be a tight end, defensive end or linebacker.|
|Melvin Holland Jr.||3||WR||Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods||6-3||190||A converted linebacker who turned heads as a senior receiver. Had offers from Wisconsin and Rutgers.|
|Craig James||3||CB||Edwardsville (Ill.)||5-11||175||Had strong interest from Indiana and delayed his announcement to sign with Minnesota until Wednesday morning.|
|Jeff Jones||4||RB||Minneapolis Washburn||6-0||198||Co-MVP from Under Armour All-American Game; announced decision Wednesday.|
|Julien Kafo||3||DE||Montreal (Que.) Vanier College||6-4||245||Had offers from Iowa and Nebraska, according to Rivals.com. Will be a 20-year-old freshman.|
|Conner Krizancic||3||WR||Mentor (Ohio)||6-2||193||Flipped his commitment from Cincinnati. Played quarterback as a high school senior.|
|Brandon Lingen||3||TE||Wayzata||6-5||245||Wasn’t heavily recruited after being injured as a junior but added 35 pounds and was a force as a senior.|
|Connor Mayes||3||C||Van Alstyne (Texas)||6-5||309||Played in U.S. Army All-American Game. Brother of Gophers lineman Alex Mayes.|
|Gary Moore||2||DT||Mobile (Ala.) Murphy||6-3||285||Flipped his commitment from Southern Mississippi. Big, strong kid who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.|
|Cody Poock||3||LB||Iowa Western Community College||6-2||230||Picked the Gophers over TCU. Has three years of eligibility remaining. Already enrolled.|
|Luke Rasmussen||2||OL||Brookfield (Wis.) Central||6-7||270||Scored a 33 on his ACT exam, and had offers from Air Force, Harvard and Yale.|
|Steven Richardson||3||DT||Chicago Mount Carmel||5-11||285||Defensive MVP of the Chicago Catholic League had 34 tackles for a loss, including 17 sacks.|
|Dimonic Roden-McKinzy||3||QB||Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte||6-0||210||Dual-threat passer had offers from Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Already enrolled.|
|Rodney Smith||2||RB||Jonesboro (Ga.) Mundy Mill||5-11||195||Tore an ACL as a junior but bounced back to rush for 2,200 yards as a senior.|
|Andrew Stelter||3||DE||Owatonna (Minn.)||6-4||250||Consensus three-star recruit had offers from Duke, Harvard, Yale, Iowa State and Northern Illinois.|
|Jared Weyler||2||OL||Dayton (Ohio) Centerville||6-4||280||Flipped his commitment from Bowling Green. He’ll be an interior lineman for the Gophers.|
|Everett Williams||2||LB||Mansfield (Texas) Legacy||6-2||220||Strong tackler with terrific grades. He had offers from Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.|
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