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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Khari Blasingame, a safety from New Market, Alabama, gave the Gophers a verbal commitment on Friday night, becoming the team's 11th commitment in the 2014 class.
Blasingame also had an offer from Northwestern, as well as Middle Tennessee State. Rivals.com rates Blasingame as a three-star recruit. He is 6-1, 203 pounds, runs the 40-yard dash in 4.56 seconds, has a GPA of 4.13 and scored a 28 on his ACT.
Blasingame tweeted the news (@KB_bucks1): "Proud to be a Minnesota Golden Gopher!"
The Gophers can't comment on specific recruits, but assistant coach Jay Sawvel tweeted (@JaySawvel): "I am a very happy DB coach at the University of Minnesota right now!!!!"
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