The Gophers added a fifth member to their 2020 recruiting class late Wednesday evening. Offensive lineman Casey Collier out of Mont Belvieu, Texas, shared his commitment on Twitter.

The 6-6, 300-pound tackle out of Barbers Hill High School is the first O-lineman in the 2020 group. He is a three-star recruit.  

Meanwhile, Gophers football is on spring break, taking a week-long hiatus from spring practices. 

Their last practice before dispersing or sunny shores or hometowns was the best of the sessions so far, as coach P.J. Fleck said March 15.

Senior defensive end Carter Coughlin attributed the jumpstart to last season’s solid ending showing the Gophers their potential. 

“Spring ball looks different now than it did last year at this time,” Coughlin said. “We’re moving around way faster. We know the defense way more.”

And while school might be out, the work won’t stop. The coaches gave all the players a sheet of paper outlining workout plans depending on if they have access to a field or weight room or if they’re on a beach somewhere. 

“There’s zero excuse not to work out,” Coughlin said.

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