Gophers land three-star recruit from Fargo

  • Article by: JOE CHRISTENSEN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 23, 2014 - 12:44 AM

The Gophers got another recruiting commitment Friday, this time from Fargo South running back James Johannesson,who rushed for 2,671 yards and 29 touchdowns last year as a junior.

The 6-1, 210-pound Johannesson is a consensus three-star recruit who also had reported offers from North Dakota State and North Dakota. Some have compared Johannesson to former Nebraska running back Rex Burkhead, saying Johannesson would have had more schools after him if he weren’t relatively hidden in Fargo.

Johannesson announced his decision on Twitter (@TheRealJJ4): “Proud to officially say I have verbally committed to play running back for the Gophers!”

Johannesson’s commitment came one day after the Gophers landed a commitment from Georgia wide receiver Almonzo Brown. They now have 12 players committed for their 2015 class.

Decision pending

The Gophers hope to hear from the NCAA regarding running back Jeff Jones’ eligibility at the end of next week.

Jones has been admitted to the U, but the NCAA is currently reviewing his case to determine whether he’s eligible for his scholarship.

The decision should come before the university starts fall semester Sept. 2. The Gophers open their season next Thursday against Eastern Illinois, but Jones likely will redshirt for the Gophers, either way.

Jones was right on the bubble to qualify academically for a Division I scholarship coming out of Minneapolis Washburn. If the NCAA would at least grant him an initial eligibility waiver, he would get his scholarship and could compete for the Gophers in 2015.

He could still head to Iowa Western Community College, but all signs still point to him landing with the Gophers.

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