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.
|San Diego||10/23/14 7:25 PM|
|Detroit||10/26/14 8:30 AM|
|Buffalo||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|St. Louis||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Houston||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Minnesota||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Seattle||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Baltimore||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Miami||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Chicago||10/26/14 12:00 PM|
|Philadelphia||10/26/14 3:05 PM|
|Oakland||10/26/14 3:25 PM|
|Indianapolis||10/26/14 3:25 PM|
|Green Bay||10/26/14 7:30 PM|
|New Orleans||6:00 PM|
|Tampa Bay||8:30 PM|
|Arkansas State||10/21/14 7:00 PM|
|Connecticut||10/23/14 6:00 PM|
|(18) East Carolina|
|Miami-Florida||10/23/14 7:00 PM|
|So Florida||10/24/14 6:00 PM|
|Troy||10/24/14 6:30 PM|
|BYU||10/24/14 8:00 PM|
|(6) Oregon||10/24/14 9:00 PM|
|North Texas||10/25/14 11:00 AM|
|UAB||10/25/14 11:00 AM|
|Rutgers||10/25/14 11:00 AM|
|Maryland||10/25/14 11:00 AM|
|Texas||10/25/14 11:00 AM|
|(11) Kansas State|
|Minnesota||10/25/14 11:00 AM|
|Memphis||10/25/14 11:00 AM|
|North Carolina||10/25/14 11:30 AM|
|San Jose St||10/25/14 12:00 PM|
|Northern Ill||10/25/14 12:00 PM|
|(25) UCLA||10/25/14 1:00 PM|
|Akron||10/25/14 1:00 PM|
|Massachusetts||10/25/14 1:00 PM|
|Ohio U||10/25/14 1:00 PM|
|Ga Southern||10/25/14 1:00 PM|
|Kent State||10/25/14 1:30 PM|
|Oregon State||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|Fla Atlantic||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|Louisiana Tech||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|(1) Miss State||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|Georgia Tech||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|(22) West Virginia||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|Texas Tech||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|Michigan||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|(8) Michigan State|
|Boston College||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|Central Mich||10/25/14 2:30 PM|
|Vanderbilt||10/25/14 3:00 PM|
|Old Dominion||10/25/14 3:00 PM|
|UNLV||10/25/14 3:00 PM|
|Temple||10/25/14 4:00 PM|
|(15) Arizona||10/25/14 5:00 PM|
|Texas-El Paso||10/25/14 6:00 PM|
|Wyoming||10/25/14 6:00 PM|
|Syracuse||10/25/14 6:00 PM|
|Texas State||10/25/14 6:00 PM|
|(3) Ole Miss||10/25/14 6:15 PM|
|(4) Alabama||10/25/14 6:30 PM|
|So Carolina||10/25/14 6:30 PM|
|(13) Ohio State||10/25/14 7:00 PM|
|(20) USC||10/25/14 9:00 PM|
|(14) Arizona State||10/25/14 9:45 PM|
|Nevada||10/25/14 10:59 PM|
|Aug 28 - vs. E. Illinois||6 pm||X||42-20|
|Sep 6 - vs. M. Tennessee St.||2:30 pm||X||35-24|
|Sep 13 - at TCU||3 pm||X||30-7|
|Sep 20 - vs. San Jose St.||3 p.m.||X||24-7|
|Sep 27 - at Michigan||2:30 pm||X||30-14|
|Oct 11 - vs. Northwestern||11 am||X||24-17|
|Oct 18 - vs. Purdue||11 am||X||39-38|
|Oct 25 - at Illinois||11 am|
|Nov 8 - vs. Iowa||TBA|
|Nov 15 - vs. Ohio State||TBA|
|Nov 22 - at Nebraska||TBA|
|Nov 29 - at Wisconsin||TBA|