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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Report: Washburn RB Jeff Jones selects Gophers, giving them a four-star recruit for 2014

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers recruiting Updated: February 2, 2013 - 3:05 PM

Some big news just in for the Gophers football team.

Jeff Jones, a four-star junior running back from Minneapolis Washburn, has become Minnesota's first verbal commitment for 2014, GopherIllustrated.com reported today.

Jones rushed 111 times for 1,002 yards (9.0 Avg.) last season and scored 12 touchdowns, including three receiving. According to Rivals.com, he also has offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Michigan State and Illinois.

“I think he’s a legitimate, high-BCS caliber running back,” Josh Helmholdt, the Midwest recruiting analyst for Rivals.com said in a recent interview. "So he’s a guy who immediately jumps off the page at you.”

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