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Continued: Hartman: Gophers' Kill fought hard to land top recruits

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: February 6, 2014 - 12:41 AM

As for his driving Tuesday, Kill said: “I don’t really want to distract from the deal, but I’ll just tell you, it is true, and first time in two years and all the people that speculated I can’t do certain things, well, I can. Like I said, I beat cancer, and I’m going to win this war.

“I won’t say I drove very good, and I didn’t drive today. That’s because the truck didn’t start right off the bat. Second thing is you haven’t drove in two years, I was with my wife last night coming back from eating and I’m sitting there, coming back from Joe Senser’s, getting a cheeseburger and trying to relax a little bit, when I was driving, I was like this [two hands on the wheel], and she was like, ‘Move over to the right.’ It was like driver’s ed. But the bottom line is I did it.”

Jottings

• Anthony Anderson, the outstanding Eden Prairie running back who will attend Iowa Western Community College, is likely headed for the Gophers after one year there.

• Tom Luginbill of ESPN sang the praises of Gentry, who played at one of the top high school programs in Ohio in Cincinnati Moeller. The school has produced as many future college stars as any school in that state.

• Though many mock drafts have the Vikings taking Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr with the eighth overall pick, at least a handful believe they will take a defensive player such as linebackers Khalil Mack of Buffalo or Anthony Barr of UCLA. I believe the Vikings will take a defensive player in the first round and a quarterback later on.

• Former Timberwolves first-round draft choice Wes Johnson, who was a flop here, is starting for the Lakers and entered Tuesday averaging 8.2 points per game, but he scored 15 points against the Wolves before scoring 20 in a victory at Cleveland on Wednesday.

• Thomas Hammock, who quit his job as Gophers running backs coach to join the Wisconsin staff in 2011, is leaving the Badgers after taking part in their recruiting to join the Baltimore Ravens staff.

• Fred Hoiberg, the former Wolves player and executive now coaching at Iowa State, scored a big upset Monday when the Cyclones won at Oklahoma State in three overtimes.

• Richfield High School’s Obsa Ali, who won the Class 2A cross-country title last fall after winning the 3,200 meters in record time last spring, signed a letter of intent with the Gophers. … Former Gophers receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts, who quit football to concentrate on track, has left the track team as well, the Minnesota Daily reported.

• Red Wing High School got a great coach and a very smart football mind when it hired former Gophers quarterback Rickey Foggie as its coach.

Sid Hartman can be heard weekdays on 830-AM at 6:40, 7:40 and 8:40 a.m. and on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. • shartman@startribune.com

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