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 add commitments from JUCO linebacker and Wisconsin lineman

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher recruiting Updated: December 14, 2013 - 3:01 PM

The commitments keep coming for the Gophers football program.

After landing Alabama safety Khari Blasingame on Friday night, the Gophers received a verbal commitment Saturday from Cody Poock, a linebacker from Iowa Western Community College, who chose Minnesota over TCU.

Poock confirmed the news with a tweet (@codyallenpoock): "Just committed to the University of Minnesota. Ski-U-Mah."

Then, according to 247Sports.com, the Gophers received a verbal commitment from Luke Rasmussen, a 6-7 offensive tackle from Brookfield, Wis. Rasmussen, who scored a 33 on his ACT exam, had reported offers from Air Force, Harvard, Yale, Bowling Green and Ball State.

The Gophers now have 13 commitments for their 2014 class.

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