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Junior college offensive tackle commits to Gophers

The Gophers on Sunday received their third verbal commitment from an offensive lineman this weekend, when junior college tackle Jason Dickson announced via Twitter that he has chosen Minnesota.

Dickson, a 6-7, 295-pounder, has played the past two seasons at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif. The three-star recruit is listed as the seventh-best junior college offensive tackle in the composite rankings of the Class of 2018 and had offers from UCLA and Arizona State. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Dickson, who visited the Gophers during their “eLITe18Palooza’’ recruiting event this weekend, joins guard Curtis Dunlap and tackle Daniel Faalele, both of IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., in committing to the Gophers this weekend. Minnesota now has verbal commitments from 26 players, with the Dec. 20-22 early signing period approaching.

Gophers add two huge offensive linemen to recruiting class

The Gophers offensive line just got a lot bigger.

Curtis Dunlap, a 6-4, 368-pound guard, and Daniel Faalele, a 6-9, 400-pound tackle, teammates at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., announced on Twitter that they were verbally committing to Minnesota.

Both Dunlap, rated as a four-star player by recruiting-focused website, and Faalele, a three-star player, were in the Twin Cities as part of the Gophers’ “eLITe18Palooza’’ recruiting event.

Dunlap, who withdrew his verbal commitment from Florida on Tuesday, is rated the sixth-best guard nationally in the recruiting Class of 2018. Dunlap also had offers from Oklahoma, Miami, Florida State and Georgia, among others. Dunlap is the Gophers’ highest-ranked recruit in this class and the second four-star player, joining wide receiver Rashod Bateman of Tift County High School in Tifton, Ga.

Faalele, a Melbourne, Australia, native who played varsity football for the first time this season, is rated the 27th-best offensive tackle in the Class of 2018. He also had offers from Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, Auburn and Arkansas, among others.

The commitments of Dunlap and Faalele gives the Gophers 25 recruits in the Class of 2018. Both plan to enroll at Minnesota in January, according to