Chart: The Gophers' recruiting class

  • Updated: February 5, 2014 - 9:10 PM
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University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill talked about the recruits that have signed to play at Minnesota during press conference Wednesday Feb 5 , 2014 Minneapolis, MN. ] JERRY HOLT • jerry.holt@startribune.com

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.

Dimonic Roden-McKinzy 3 QB Kansas City (Kan.) Wyandotte 6-0 210 Dual-threat passer had offers from Nebraska, Iowa and Kansas. Already enrolled.

Rodney Smith 2 RB Jonesboro (Ga.) Mundy Mill 5-11 195 Tore an anterior cruciate ligament in his knee as a junior but bounced back to rush for 2,200 yards as a senior.

Andrew Stelter 3 DE Owatonna (Minn.) 6-4 250 Consensus three-star recruit had offers from Duke, Harvard, Yale, Iowa State and Northern Illinois.

Jared Weyler 2 OL Dayton (Ohio) Centerville 6-4 280 Flipped his commitment from Bowling Green. He will be an interior lineman for the Gophers.

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

JOE CHRISTENSEN

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