THE GOPHERS’ CLASS
A closer look at the Gophers’ incoming football recruiting class. The star ratings are from Rivals.com.
Player Stars Pos. High school/Junior college Ht. Wt. Comment
Jonathan Celestin 2 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 3 TE Somerset (Wis.) 6-6 246 Committed last June and held firm, despite offers from Wisconsin, Nebraska and Vanderbilt.
Isaiah Gentry 3 WR Cincinnati Moeller 6-4 185 Speedy receiver flipped his commitment from Kent State. Also had an offer from Rutgers.
Jerry Gibson 2 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. 3 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 3 CB Edwardsville (Ill.) 5-11 175 Had strong interest from Indiana, but stayed on Gophers when it came down to it Wednesday.
Jeff Jones 4 RB Minneapolis Washburn 6-0 198 Co-MVP from Under Armour All-American Game announced his decision Wednesday to a standing ovation.
Julien Kafo 3 DE Montreal Vanier College 6-4 245 Had offers from Iowa and Nebraska, according to Rivals.com. Will be a 20-year-old freshman.
Conner Krizancic 3 WR Mentor (Ohio) 6-2 193 Flipped his commitment from Cincinnati. Played quarterback as a high school senior.
Brandon Lingen 3 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 3 C Van Alstyne (Texas) 6-5 309 Played in U.S. Army All-American Game. Brother of Gophers lineman Alex Mayes.
Gary Moore 2 DT Mobile (Ala.) Murphy 6-3 285 Flipped his commitment from Southern Mississippi. Big, strong kid who can run the 40-yard dash in 4.7 seconds.
Cody Poock 3 LB Iowa Western Community College 6-2 230 Picked the Gophers over Texas Christian. Has three years of eligibility remaining. Already enrolled.
Luke Rasmussen 2 OL Brookfield (Wis.) Central 6-7 270 Scored a 33 on his ACT exam, and had offers from Air Force, Harvard and Yale.
Steven Richardson 3 DT Chicago Mount Carmel 5-11 285 Defensive MVP of the Chicago Catholic League had 34 tackles for a loss, including 17 sacks.