Chart: Meet the new Gophers recruits

  • Updated: February 1, 2012 - 12:05 PM

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Here are the 29 Gophers players who are expected to make up the incoming class of 2012.


Duke Anyanwu, ATH, Blaine, 6-4, 225: Late commit adds athleticism to class.

Isaac Fruechte, WR, Rochester (Minn.) Community and Technical College, 6-3, 210: Has three years of eligibility left.

James Gillum, RB, Gulf Coast (Miss.) Community College, 6-0, 200: Could be an immediate contributor at position of need.

Jamel Harbison, WR, Mallard Creek (N.C.), 6-0, 191: Gophers beat out Vanderbilt, others for him.

Isaac Hayes, OL, St. Thomas Academy, 6-3, 270: Could wind up playing center with his frame.

Ben Lauer, OL, Wayzata, 6-7, 270: Another late commit adds to Jerry Kill's in-state haul.

Mitch Leidner, QB, Lakeville South, 6-4, 220: Good size, wowed coaches at camp last summer.

K.J. Maye*, ATH, Mobile (Ala.) Murphy, 5-10, 193: Playmaker who could be slot receiver or RB.

Andre McDonald, WR, Hopkins, 6-3, 200: Physically gifted player who could be a difference-maker.

Philip Nelson, QB, Mankato West, 6-3, 216: Perhaps the top prize of this year's class. Could be QB of the future.

Jonah Pirsig, OL, Blue Earth Area, 6-9, 300: Could eventually hold down a tackle spot for years.

Maxx Williams, TE, Waconia, 6-4, 225: Versatile athlete spent time at quarterback in high school.

Rodrick Williams Jr.*, RB, Lewisville (Texas), 5-11, 220: One of two players from his school to pick Gophers.


Jeremy Baltazar, DB, Blinn (Texas) Community College, 6-0, 196: Good size for a corner and runs a 4.5 in the 40.

Briean Boddy, DB, Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, 5-11, 175: Turned himself into D-I player via JUCO season.

Scott Ekpe*, DT, Lewisville (Texas), 6-4, 265: Among handful of early enrollees after December graduation.

Jordan Hinojosa, DT, Miami Central, 6-3, 265: Hard worker. Gophers beat out Michigan State and West Virginia.

Antonio Johnson*, DB, Shaker Heights (Ohio), 6-0, 185: Called Jerry Kill "the ideal coach."

Roland Johnson*, DT, Butler (Kan.) Community College, 6-2, 295: Good-sized DT had offers from Illinois, Colorado State.

Alex Keith, DE, Columbia (Mo.) Hickman, 6-4, 235: Working to add weight to frame.

Jack Lynn, LB, Lake Zurich (Ill.), 6-3, 205: Committed before the start of his senior season.

Dinero Moss, DB, Sunrise (Fla.) Piper, 5-11, 183: Speedy playmaker had offers from Nebraska, Connecticut.

Eric Murray, CB, Milwaukee Riverside University High, 5-11, 173: Attended Gophers camp as WR, but recruited as DB.

Brian Nicholson, LB, Miami Central, 6-1, 221: Might have a chance to contribute early.

Lincoln Plsek*, DE, Waco (Texas) Reicher, 6-3, 235: Offered by Gophers and accepted in December.

Nick Rallis, S, Edina, 6-0, 200: Younger brother of current Gophers linebacker Mike Rallis.

Martez Shabazz, CB, Trinity Valley (Texas) Community College, 5-11, 170: Runs a 4.36 in the 40; decommitted from Baylor.

Yoshoub Timms, DT, Fort Walton Beach (Fla.), 6-2, 265: Late commitment picked Gophers over Syracuse, Southern Miss.

Damarius Travis, DB, Pensacola (Fla.), 6-1, 194: Adds more depth to a position of need.

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