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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Big recruiting weekend on tap for Jerry Kill and the Gophers

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gophers recruiting Updated: July 19, 2013 - 12:42 PM

It sounds like this could be a big recruiting weekend for Jerry Kill and the Gophers.

Ryan Burns, from GopherIllustrated.com, reports via Twitter (@RyanBurnsGI) that four high-profile Minnesota recruits will be visiting campus Saturday:

* Jeff Jones, the four-star Minneapolis Washburn running back who has given Minnesota a verbal commitment for 2014. (Star ratings from Rivals.com).

* Andrew Stelter, the three-star defensive end from Owatonna. He's on Stanford's radar, too.

* Frank Ragnow, the three-star offensive tackle from Chanhassen. Besides Minnesota, he has offers from Arkansas, Florida State and Nebraska. Here's a Q&A Ragnow did with the Star Tribune in May.

* Jashon Cornell, junior defensive end from Cretin-Derham Hall who was recently ranked by ESPN as the nation's No. 1 recruit for the 2015 class.

Several other recruits will be in town this weekend, as well, as Kill is hosting his Junior Elite Camp on Sunday. Jones reportedly has been working hard on his fellow Minnesota natives to commit to the Gophers. It seems like a long shot that Cornell would commit now, but Stelter and/or Ragnow would be huge additions for Kill this summer.

Today Burns tweeted, "Some big recruiting news for Coach Kill tomorrow when it breaks."

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