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Ohio standout QB Armstrong commits to Gophers for 2018

P.J. Fleck landed a quarterback he’d been coveting for the Gophers 2018 recruiting class Sunday, when Brennan Armstrong, of Shelby, Ohio, announced he was verbally committing to Minnesota.

The 6-2, 205-pound Armstrong is a consensus three-star recruit who also had reported offers from North Carolina, Rutgers, Virginia, Cincinnati and Iowa State. The Cyclones, in particular, were hot on his trail.

But Armstrong was sold on Fleck and the Gophers after an unofficial visit to campus last weekend. Fleck and offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca love Armstrong's decision making, accuracy and toughness. The QB plans to graduate high school early so he can enroll next January and compete for the starting job in the spring of 2018.

“After a long process, I am officially going to be continuing my academic and athletic career at the University of Minnesota!” Armstrong tweeted, adding “#Elite #RTB,” in the short-hand version of Fleck’s “Row the Boat” mantra.

Armstrong ranks as the nation’s No. 22 dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2018 in the composite. He had 19 passing touchdowns, 18 rushing touchdowns, 2,321 passing yards and 1,065 rushing yards as a junior for Shelby last year.

Armstrong became the third 2018 recruit to commit to the Gophers, joining Eden Prairie cornerback Benjamin Sapp III and Jalen Mayfield, a three-star offensive tackle from Grand Rapids, Mich., who committed on Saturday. Mayfield also had reported offers from Iowa and Michigan State.

Buford transfers, Dior Johnson leaves, Gophers spring game set

Three of the four Gophers players facing expulsion for their involvement in an alleged September sexual assault have moved on from the University this week.

Cornerback Ray Buford announced Tuesday that he is transferring to Arizona Western Community College, just as defensive lineman Tamarion Johnson announced Monday.

Also Tuesday, the Gophers confirmed that Dior Johnson is no longer enrolled at the University and has been taken off the roster.

Cornerback KiAnte Hardin, the other player facing expulsion, has yet to announce his plans.

Buford made his announcement on Twitter, saying: "Minnesota will forever be the greatest decision of my life. Despite everything that has unfolded, I have managed to make friendships and relationship that will last a lifetime. I have brothers that will back and support me through anything. But I think it's safe to say that my time here is over and done. ... Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and friends here in Minnesota. I will never forget you."

In other news, the Gophers will hold their annual spring game April 15 at TCF Bank Stadium. It will be the team's first spring game under new coach P.J. Fleck. Spring practice is expected to start March 7.

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  • Chicago at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Minnesota United FC at Toronto FC (preseason)

    2 pm

  • Gophers men's basketball at Maryland

    7:30 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Purdue at Gophers women's basketball

    8 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Tampa Bay at Twins (spring training)

    6:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 1500-AM

  • Dallas at Timberwolves

    7 pm on FSN, ESPN, 830-AM

  • Twins at Boston (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Penn State at Gophers men's basketball

    2 pm on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Wisconsin at Gophers men's hockey

    7 pm on FSN PLUS, 1500-AM

  • Timberwolves at Houston

    8 pm on FSN, 830-AM

  • Gophers women's basketball at Maryland

    11 am on BTN, 1500-AM

  • Minnesota United FC vs. San Antonio

    11:30 am

  • Washington at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm on 96.3-FM

  • Miami at Twins (spring training)

    12:05 pm

  • Los Angeles at Wild

    7 pm on NBCSN, 100.3-FM

  • Timberwolves at Sacramento

    9:30 pm on FSN, 830-AM

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