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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Gophers get their first linebacker commitment for 2014

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher recruiting Updated: September 30, 2013 - 8:40 PM

The Gophers football team received the seventh commitment of its 2014 recruiting class tonight from Everett Williams, a linebacker from Mansfield, Texas, a source confirmed.

The news was first reported by GopherIllustrated.com, the local Rivals.com site, which has Williams rated as a two-star recruit. He also had offers from Louisiana-Monroe, Navy and New Mexico State.

Williams is the first linebacker to commit for this Gophers class. They stockpiled five linebackers in their 2013 class, signing De'Vondre Campbell, Damien Wilson, Chris Wipson, De'Niro Laster and Rayfield Dixon.

Campbell and Wilson transferred from junior colleges and moved into starting roles this season. Wipson, Laster and Dixon are on track to redshirt.

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