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 make Croney a late addition to 2014 recruiting class

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher recruiting Updated: March 31, 2014 - 6:58 PM

It's been more than seven weeks since National Signing Day, but the Gophers just added another member to their 2014 recruiting class. Ra'Shaun Croney, a defensive back from Pahokee, Fla., faxed his national letter of intent to Minnesota today, the Star Tribune has confirmed.

Croney, who is rated as a three-star recruit in the 247Sports.com composite rankings, becomes the 21st member of this year's Gophers recruiting class. He had offers from South Carolina and Arkansas, but those schools backed off when it looked like he wouldn't qualify academically.

He signed with Ellsworth (Iowa) Community College, but his grades have been on the rise, so the Gophers invited him in for an official visit last weekend. They were hoping to get one more defensive back for this class to go along with Craig James, and now they have him.

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