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 sign all expected players, including Jones, James, Gibson and Moore

Posted by: Joe Christensen under Gopher recruiting Updated: February 5, 2014 - 11:26 AM

Happy National Signing Day, everyone.

You can get the latest on the Gophers and other National Signing Day news on our Live Blog.

Jeff Jones made it official today, picking the Gophers in an announcement at Minneapolis Washburn. And soon after, the Gophers announced that Gary Moore signed his letter of intent.

That means all the players that were reportedly commited and speculated on heading into Wednesday, are in the fold. As of 11:25 a.m., the Gophers class ranked 49th in the Rivals.com rankings.

Earlier, Defensive back Craig James, who also delayed his official announcement until Wednesday, picked the Gophers. And the Gophers officially signed Jerry Gibson, who visited South Carolina last weekend. Here's a tweet from Gibson this morning:

Here's a list of players already signed, sealed and delivered for Minnesota:

-Jonathan Celestin, LB, Jonesboro (Ga.) Mundy Mill, 6-1, 205: Gophers found this under-the-radar recruit while working on his high school teammate, Rodney Smith.

-Gaelin Elmore, TE, Somerset (Wisc.), 6-6, 245: Committed last June and held firm, despite offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.

-Isaiah Gentry, WR, Cincinnati Moeller, 6-4, 185: Speedy receiver flipped his commitment from Kent State. Also had an offer from Rutgers.

-Jerry Gibson, ATH, Theodore (Ala.), 6-3, 220: Visited South Carolina last weekend. Top athlete who could be a tight end, defensive end or linebacker.

-Melvin Holland Jr., WR, Ashburn (Va.) Briar Woods, 6-3, 190: A converted linebacker who turned heads as a senior receiver. Had offers from Wisconsin and Rutgers.

-Craig James, CB Edwardsville (Ill.), 5-11, 175: Had strong interest from Indiana and delayed official announcement until Wednesday but signed with the Gophers.

-Jeff Jones, RB, Minneapolis Washburn, 6-0, 198: Co-MVP from Under Armour All-American Game announced his final decision Wednesday.

-Julien Kafo, DE, Montreal (Que.) Vanier College, 6-4, 245: Had offers from Iowa and Nebraska, according to Rivals.com. Will be a 20-year-old freshman.

-Conner Krizancic, WR, Mentor (Ohio), 6-2, 190: Flipped his commitment from Cincinnati. Played quarterback as a high school senior.

-Brandon Lingen, TE, Wayzata, 6-5, 245: Wasn’t heavily recruited after being injured as a junior, but added 35 pounds and was a force as a senior.

-Connor Mayes, C, Van Alstyne (Texas), 6-5, 315: Played in U.S. Army All-American Game. Brother of Gophers lineman Alex Mayes.

-Gary Moore, DT, Mobile (Ala.) Murphy, 6-4, 285: Flipped his commitment from Southern Mississippi. Big, strong kid who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.

-Cody Poock, LB, Iowa Western Community College, 6-2, 230: Picked the Gophers over TCU. Has three years of eligibility remaining. Already enrolled.

-Luke Rasmussen, OL, Brookfield (Wisc.) Central, 6-7, 270: Scored a 33 on his ACT exam, and had offers from Air Force, Harvard and Yale.

-Steven Richardson, DT, Chicago Mt. Carmel, 5-11, 285: Defensive MVP of the Chicago Catholic League had 34 tackles for a loss, including 17 sacks.

-Dimonic Roden-McKinzy, QB, Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte, 6-0, 210: Dual-threat passer had offers from Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Already enrolled.

-Andrew Stelter, DE, Owatonna (Minn.), 6-4, 250: Consensus three-star recruit had offers from Duke, Harvard, Yale, Iowa State and Northern Illinois.

-Rodney Smith, RB, Jonesboro (Ga.) Mundy Mill, 5-11, 195: Tore an ACL as a junior but bounced back to rush for 2,200 yards as a senior.

- Jared Weyler, OL, Dayton (Ohio) Centerville, 6-4, 280: Flipped his commitment from Bowling Green. He’ll be an interior lineman for the Gophers.

-Everett Williams, LB, Mansfield (Texas) Legacy, 6-2, 220: Strong tackler with terrific grades. He had offers from Western Michigan and Northern Illinois.

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Portland 0 Postponed
Brooklyn 0
Sacramento 0 Postponed
New York 0
Philadelphia 53 3rd Qtr 6:43
New Orleans 66
Minnesota 48 3rd Qtr 7:13
Oklahoma City 57
Orlando 63 3rd Qtr 6:23
Memphis 75
Boston 17 2nd Qtr
Utah 17
Denver 9:30 PM
LA Clippers
Army 68 FINAL
American Univ 66
Wright State 64 FINAL
Detroit 53
Syracuse 83 FINAL
North Carolina 93
Cleveland State 56 FINAL
Oakland 59
Delaware State 54 FINAL
NC Central 55
High Point 63 FINAL
Presbyterian 54
Howard 41 2nd Half 1:30
Bethune-Cookman 40
Coppin State 66 2nd Half 5:15
NC A&T 59
Nicholls 51 FINAL
Northwestern St 80
Hampton 56 FINAL
SC State 65
Gardner-Webb 46 2nd Half 9:00
Campbell 56
MD-Eastern Shore 39 2nd Half
Florida A&M 30
Stephen F Austin 62 2nd Half 9:35
Lamar 49
Central Arkansas 48 2nd Half 10:47
New Orleans 68
Norfolk State 54 2nd Half 6:22
Savannah State 39
TX A&M-CC 51 2nd Half 9:15
SE Louisiana 50
Sam Houston St 63 2nd Half 11:51
Abilene Christian 46
McNeese State 79 2nd Half 2:30
Incarnate Word 80
Milwaukee 36 2nd Half 6:17
Valparaiso 67
Alcorn State 28 1st Half 4:00
Alabama A&M 35
Southern U 28 1st Half 6:34
Alabama State 16
Prairie View 25 1st Half 5:50
Ark-Pine Bluff 30
Texas 18 1st Half 7:48
Iowa State 22
Texas Southern 28 2nd Half
Miss Valley St 32
Long Island 85 FINAL
Bryant 88
Central Conn St 51 FINAL
St Francis-NY 49
Fairleigh Dickinson 0 Postponed
Sacred Heart 0
St Francis-PA 87 FINAL
Wagner 74
Delaware State 59 FINAL
NC Central 66
Howard 53 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 61
Coppin State 49 FINAL
NC A&T 67
Hampton 88 FINAL
SC State 53
Norfolk State 54 FINAL
Savannah State 56
MD-Eastern Shore 54 FINAL
Florida A&M 64
Angelo State 55 FINAL
Abilene Christian 70
Samford 32 FINAL
(25) Chattanooga 49
Prairie View 83 FINAL
Ark-Pine Bluff 66
Alcorn State 58 FINAL
Alabama A&M 55
Southern U 53 FINAL
Alabama State 49
Texas Southern 63 FINAL
Miss Valley St 52
(12) Texas A&M 61 FINAL
(1) South Carolina 79
Robert Morris 68 FINAL
Mount St Marys 44
East Tenn St 72 FINAL
Mercer 70
Wofford 56 FINAL
Furman 58
Morehead St 64 FINAL
Tenn Tech 54
Illinois 57 FINAL
Michigan 70
Quinnipiac 0 Postponed
Manhattan 0
Saint Peters 0 Postponed
Rider 0
(18) Miss State 13 1st Half 6:11
Auburn 15
(15) Nebraska 26 1st Half 4:44
(20) Iowa 17
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