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Burnsville's Kamal Martin commits to Gophers

The Gophers continue to pluck local talent for their 2016 recruiting class. On Monday, they received a commitment from Kamal Martin, a 6-3, 210-pound athlete from Burnsville.

Martin gives the Gophers 13 commits for the 2016 class, including eight from Minnesota.

Martin is a consensus three-star recruit who had previously committed to play quarterback for Eastern Michigan. He attended a recent Gophers camp and moved around to multiple positions, including linebacker and tight end.

Martin also had reported offers from Northern Iowa and Northwestern State. He announced Monday's decision on Twitter, thanking Eastern Michigan and saying that he is ending his recruitment. "I will be attending the University of Minnesota for the next 4-5 years," he said.

Gophers picked third in Big Ten West poll, get first-place votes

If the Gophers rise above Wisconsin and Nebraska to win the Big Ten West this season, it won’t be completely unexpected, at least according to the preseason media poll released Monday by Cleveland.com.

The Gophers were picked to finish third in the West behind Wisconsin and Nebraska, but three of the 40 media members polled picked Minnesota to win the division. The Badgers received 32 first-place votes, and the Cornhuskers received five.

Ohio State was a unanimous pick to win the Big Ten title, with all 40 voters predicting the Buckeyes will win the East followed by the conference title game.

The Big Ten does not conduct its own preseason poll, so Cleveland.com (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) has surveyed media members who follow the conference closely for the past five years.

Last year, the same poll had the Gophers picked fifth in the West behind Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska and Northwestern. Minnesota stayed in the division title hunt until the final week of the regular season. It was winner-take-all heading into the game at Wisconsin, but the Badgers won Paul Bunyan’s Axe for the 11th consecutive year.

Still, by going 5-3 in conference play, including wins at Michigan and Nebraska, the Gophers were viewed as overachievers. Coach Jerry Kill was voted Big Ten Coach of the Year by both the media and coaches.

The Gophers, who need to replace running back David Cobb and tight end Maxx Williams, among others, will play the same eight Big Ten opponents as last season. That includes interdivision games against Michigan and Ohio State, while Wisconsin will once again play its interdivision games against Maryland and Rutgers.

Here are the results of the poll, with point totals (and first place votes):

WEST

1. Wisconsin 272 (32)

2. Nebraska 231.5 (5)

3. Minnesota 197 (3)

4. Iowa 158.5

5. Northwestern 125

6. Illinois 77

7. Purdue 59

EAST

1. Ohio State 280 (40)

2. Michigan State 240

3. Penn State 186.5

4. Michigan 163.5

5. Maryland 95.5

6. Rutgers 78

7. Indiana 76.5

Big Ten Championship

Ohio State over Wisconsin (32)

Ohio State over Nebraska (5)

Ohio State over Minnesota (3)

TV Listings

Local Schedule

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  • Pittsburgh at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Pittsburgh at Twins

    12:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Los Angeles at Lynx

    7pm on FSN, 106.1-FM

  • Saints at Gary

    7:10pm on 1220-AM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Seattle at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Jacksonville

    6:30pm

  • Atlanta at Lynx

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Seattle at Twins

    7:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Fargo-Moorhead

    6pm on 105.1-FM

  • Seattle at Twins

    6:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Live racing

    6:30pm

  • Lynx at Tulsa

    7pm on 106.1-FM

  • Live racing

    12:45pm

  • Saints at Fargo-Moorhead

    1pm on 1220-AM

  • Seattle at Twins

    1:10pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Midwest Outlaws Car Show and Taco Event

    3pm on Live music, taco eating contest and more.

  • Twins at Toronto

    12:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

  • Saints at Fargo-Moorhead

    7pm on 1220-AM

  • Twins at Toronto

    6:07pm on FSN, 96.3-FM

Today's Scoreboard

  • Atlanta

    Baltimore

     

    - Bot 6th

    2

    7

  • Philadelphia

    Toronto

     

    - Bot 8th

    3

    2

  • Chicago White Sox

    Boston

     

    - Top 7th

    7

    2

  • Kansas City

    Cleveland

     

    - Top 8th

    1

    1

  • Washington

    Miami

     

    - Bot 7th

    1

    3

  • San Diego

    NY Mets

     

    - Bot 8th

    0

    2

  • Detroit

    Tampa Bay

     

    - Bot 6th

    1

    4

  • Colorado

    Chicago Cubs

     

    - Top 4th

    4

    1

  • NY Yankees

    Texas

     

    - Top 2nd

    6

    5

  • LA Angels

    Houston

     

    - Top 3rd

    5

    4

  • Pittsburgh

    Minnesota

     

    - Top 4th

    0

    1

  • Cincinnati

    St. Louis

     

    - Bot 5th

    0

    0

  • Oakland

    LA Dodgers

    9:10 PM

    MLB

  • Arizona

    Seattle

    9:10 PM

    MLB

  • Milwaukee

    San Francisco

    9:15 PM