Chaska's Matt Kegel commits to Gophers, giving them another top in-state lineman
May 7, 2015 — 4:03pm
The Gophers added another coveted in-state offensive line recruit Thursday, when Chaska's Matt Kegel gave them a verbal commitment.
The 6-6, 300-pound Kegel had reported offers from Oklahoma State, Iowa State and Pittsburgh. He is a consensus three-star recruit and gives the Gophers eight commitments for the Class of 2016.
The Gophers signed five offensive linemen for the Class of 2015, and offensive coordinator Matt Limegrover has added to that muscle with the 2016 class. The other offensive line commitments include Sean Foster, a consensus four-star recruit from Mundelein (Ill.) Carmel Catholic; Sam Schlueter, who picked the Gophers over Wisconsin and Michigan State; and Monticello's Conner Olson, who had offers from Harvard, Princeton and Yale.
Kegel announced the news on Twitter:
I am very excited to be making my commitment to The University of Minnesota!!! Playing for my home town #gophers#ski#u#mah 〽️〽️〽️
Randy Johnson has been covering college football in one form or another since the early 1990s. He was the Star Tribune’s main college football editor on the copy desk for nearly two decades before returning to reporting in August 2017 as the beat writer for Gophers football. Randy has covered a Rose Bowl (Joe Paterno’s 1994 Penn State team), and he covered a John Gutekunst-coached Gophers team that missed out on the 1990 Weed-Eater Bowl. Email Randy to talk about the Gophers.
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