O.J. Smith, a former Alabama defensive tackle, announced Thursday on Twitter that he is transferring to the Gophers in a move that could address a future need for P.J. Fleck's squad.
The 6-2, 309-pound Smith played in only two games with the Crimson Tide, making two tackles. Smith, from Bossier City, La., was rated as the No. 34 defensive tackle in the Class of 2014 by 247Sports.com.
Smith, who reportedly is seeking a medical redshirt season, will have at least one year of eligibility remaining and will be able to play for Minnesota starting in 2018.
The Gophers have a big need at defensive tackle because Steven Richardson, Andrew Stelter and Merrick Jackson will be seniors this fall.
Legion baseball tourney
The state American Legion Division I baseball tournament begins at four Twin Cities sites Friday and concludes Monday.
Games will be played at CHS Field in St. Paul, Toni Stone Field in St. Paul, Siebert Field at the University of Minnesota and Bethel's Hargis Park.
The champion and the runner-up will advance to regional playoffs in Dickinson, N.D. The American Legion World Series will be held in Shelby, N.C., beginning Aug. 8.
Saints power not enough
Anthony Gallas hit two home runs and Brady Shoemaker added another, but the St. Paul Saints lost 9-7 to visiting Sioux City. The Explorers used three, three-run innings to earn the victory.