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Gophers set pro day for March 28 with 11 scheduled to participate



Eleven Gophers who completed their senior seasons in the fall will get a chance to make their case with NFL teams during the team’s pro day at 8 a.m. March 28 at the team’s new indoor practice facility at the Athletes Village.

Gophers scheduled to participate are running back Kobe McCrary, offensive linemen Vincent Calhoun and Garrison Wright; tight end Nate Wozniak; defensive linemen Steven Richardson, Merrick Jackson and Andrew Stelter; linebacker Jonathan Celestin; defensive backs Adekunle Ayinde and Duke McGhee; and punter/kicker Ryan Santoso.

The session is not open to the public.

Spring practice to resume

After taking last week off for spring break, the Gophers return to spring practice with three sessions this week: Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. On March 27 at 4:45 p.m., the team will hold the first of three practices that are open to the public. The other two are April 3 (4:45 p.m.) and the April 14 spring game (noon).

State's top 2019 football recruit Carroll has Gophers in his final six



The state’s top football recruit for the Class of 2019 has narrowed his college choices, and the Gophers are one of six finalists.

Edina offensive tackle Quinn Carroll on Wednesday announced via Twitter that Minnesota is among his final six that also includes Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Virginia Tech and Wisconsin.

“I'm truly grateful to every school that has offered me a scholarship, and it's been an honor getting to know every coach who has recruited me,’’ Carroll posted on Twitter. “That said, after much prayer and many conversations with my family, these are the six programs that I will be considering moving forward.’’ The tweet features logos of his six finalists.

Carroll, the son of former Gophers tight end Jay Carroll, is a 6-6, 295-pound junior rated as a four-star recruit by He is the top-ranked player in Minnesota, the No. 10-ranked offensive tackle nationally and the No. 57-ranked overall national recruit. Carroll has more than 30 scholarship offers, including nine from Big Ten schools. He attended Minnesota’s Junior Day on Saturday.

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck has made Carroll a recruiting priority. Last September during the Gophers’ bye week, Fleck and wide receivers coach Matt Simon, whose recruiting responsibility includes Minnesota, flew by helicopter to Apple Valley to watch Carroll and the Hornets play Eastview. Later that night, Fleck and Simon used the chopper to fly to Lakeville, to watch another Minnesota recruit, four-star offensive tackle Bryce Benhart, play for Lakeville North.