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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Wayzata tight end commits to Gophers

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher recruiting Updated: October 3, 2013 - 4:29 PM

The Gophers received a verbal commitment from Wayzata tight end Brandon Lingen today, giving them eight commitments for their 2014 recruiting class.

At 6-5, 240 pounds, Lingen has added 30 pounds since his junior season, when an injury limited him to four receptions for 46 yards. This year, he has seven receptions for 91 yards and three touchdowns.

Lingen tweeted the news today (@Brandon_Lingen): "Proud to say that I am officially a Gopher #SkiUMah."

Lingen has no star rating with the recruiting services, but he also has drawn offers from Air Force and Florida Atlantic. He is the second tight end in this Gophers class, joining Gaelin Elmore, from Somerset, Wis.

Update: Rivals.com has since given Lingen a three-star rating.

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