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 land coveted wide receiver recruit and an offensive lineman

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher recruiting Updated: January 27, 2014 - 7:39 PM

The Gophers landed one of their most coveted targets on this year's recruiting trail tonight, when Melvin Holland Jr., a wide receiver from Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Va., gave them a verbal commitment.

Holland is a consensus three-star recruit who also had offers from Wisconsin, Rutgers, Boston College and Wake Forest.

Then, less than one hour later, the Gophers received a commitment from Jared Weyler, an offensive lineman from Dayton (Ohio) Centerville High School. Weyler had offers from Bowling Green and Miami (Ohio).

Also tonight, Chanhassen offensive lineman Frank Ragnow tweeted (@Knarfwongar) that he will announce his college decision on Friday at 3:15 p.m. Ragnow has narrowed his list down to Minnesota, Arkansas and Florida State.

The Gophers have made it clear they have room for both Weyler. They now have 16 players committed with signing day coming Feb. 5.

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