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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McDonald among first to sign Gophers' letter; recruit from Florida not signing here?

Posted by: Michael Rand under College football, Gopher recruiting Updated: February 1, 2012 - 11:46 AM

     After a year in which he committed to Minnesota, changed his mind, then returned to the fold last week, Hopkins wide receiver Andre McDonald has formally accepted a scholarship with the Gophers.
     The university announced, via its @GoldenGopherFB account on Twitter, that McDonald signed his national letter of intent Wednesday morning, becoming one of the first dozen or so high school seniors to complete his paperwork. Also signing just after sunrise: fellow Minnesotans Maxx Williams, Jonah Pirsig, Nick Rallis, Isaac Hayes, Ben Lauer and Duke Anyanwu. The Gophers are expected to sign more than two dozen new players today, the first day incoming freshman can accept scholarships, plus add several more walk-ons, who sign "acceptance of admission" paperwork. (A full list of the projected class is here.) Coach Jerry Kill will discuss his recruiting class at a press conference this afternoon, then attend a booster-club social tonight.

UPDATE: Dinero Moss of Sunrise, Fla., was listed as a Gophers signee by Rivals.com and even had #minnesotacommit on his Twitter bio. But he tweeted about an hour ago that he had switched his commitment and was taking his talents to Iowa.

SECOND UPDATE: Apparently "Iowa" does not mean the Hawkeyes when it comes to where Moss is headed. According to this tweet from Iowa recruiting analyst Todd Worly, Moss is going to Ellsworth Community College in Iowa.

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