The Gophers landed their first running back for this year's recruiting class Monday night, when Kobe McCrary announced he was picking Minnesota.
McCrary is a 6-1, 230-pound back from Butler (Kan.) Community College, the same school from which the Gophers just plucked offensive lineman Garrison Wright.
McCrary, a native of Chipley, Fla., is a consensus three-star recruit who also had reported offers from Southern Miss, Colorado State and Akron. He rushed for 1,190 yards (5.3 per carry) and 22 touchdowns last fall.
The Gophers now have 19 players committed with signing day coming Feb. 3. McCrary announced his decision on Twitter:
Excited to announce that I have Official Committed to The University of Minnesota!〽️ pic.twitter.com/gtN2WM38j1— Kobe McCrary2⃣1⃣™ (@KicKobe21) January 26, 2016