gophers-projected 2015 class

The Star Tribune’s Joe Christensen takes a look at the recruits who have verbally committed to Jerry Kill for the 2015 class:

Recruit Stars Pos. High school / Previous college Ht. Wt.

Colton Beebe ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ FB/LB Kansas City (Kan.) Piper 6-2 252

Had a Kansas offer but committed to Jerry Kill, who coached Beebe’s father at Pittsburg State.

 

Shannon Brooks ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ RB Pickens County (Ga.) 5-11 200

A quick, hard-to-tackle running back who also had a Georgia Tech offer. Good receiver, too.

 

Ray Buford ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ DB Southfield (Mich.) 6-0 195

Speedster who could play safety or cornerback a la Brock Vereen. Had a Boston College offer.

 

Nick Connelly ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ OL Red Wing 6-7 275

Tall OT was prime target for Gophers offensive coordinator and O-line coach Matt Limegrover.

 

Alonzo Craighton ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ DB Geismar (La.) Dutchtown 6-1 185

He’ll need to bulk up to play safety; has speed to play cornerback, too.

 

Demry Croft ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ QB Boylan Catholic (Rockford, Ill.) 6-5 198

Lanky dual-threat QB with a calm pocket presence. Still growing. Could be 6-6 by summer.

 

Bronson Dovich ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ OL Chaska 6-6 290

Ranked as state’s No. 3 recruit. Jashon Cornell (Ohio State), Drayton Carlberg (Oregon) are 1-2.

 

Jonathan Femi-Cole ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ RB St. Andrews College (Ontario) 6-0 220

Rushed for 137 yards and was named MVP of NUC All-American Game in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

 

Mose Hall ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ DT Mobile (Ala.) Murphy 6-4 250

From same school as U receiver KJ Maye, DT Gary Moore. Had offers from Maryland, Illinois.

 

KiAnte Hardin ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ CB Webb City (Mo.) 5-10 165

Speedy DB played at the high school where Jerry Kill made his head coaching debut, in 1988.

 

Jacob Huff ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ DB Bolingbrook, Ill. 5-10 205

Ranked the No. 30 player from Illinois by Rivals.com. Enrolled in January.

 

Julian Huff ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ LB Bolingbrook, Ill. 5-11 223

First-team all-state selection as a senior. Jacob Huff’s twin brother. Also enrolled early.

 

James Johannesson ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ RB Fargo (N.D.) South 6-1 210

Ran for 6,198 yards in three years. Drew comparisons to Rex Burkhead. Had NDSU offer.

 

Dior Johnson ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ DB Southfield (Mich.) 6-2 195

Four-star rating from Rivals.com. Previously committed to Wake Forest. Offers from Indiana, Illinois.

 

Tyler Moore ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ OL Houston North Shore 6-4 300

Highest-ranked of the team’s five incoming offensive line recruits. Enrolled in January.

 

Quinn Oseland ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ OL Springfield (Ill.) Sacred Heart 6-6 310

He had 16 other Power 5 conference offers. Chose Minnesota over Illinois and Oklahoma State.

 

Hunter Register ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ WR Lafayette (La.) Comeaux 6-5 195

Also a top basketball player, has length and speed the Gophers want at WR. Had Indiana offer.

 

Charlie Rogers ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ S Iowa Western Community College 6-1 210

Originally went to Iowa State. Has two years of eligibility left. Enrolled in January. Could start.

 

Antonio Shenault ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ CB Roselle (Ill.) Lake Park 5-11 178

Had reported offers from Iowa State and Illinois. Committed after Gophers won at Michigan.

 

Rashad Still ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ WR El Paso (Texas) Andress 6-5 200

Didn’t start playing football until his junior year. Under-the-radar talent. Good basketball player.

 

Ted Stieber ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ OL Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban 6-6 295

Has versatility to play any of offensive line spots. Had offers from Illinois, Maryland, Syracuse.

 

Jaylen Waters ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ LB Copperas Cove (Texas) 6-1 225

Same high school that produced Robert Griffin III. Potential middle linebacker.

 

Bryce Witham ⋆ ⋆ ⋆ TE Grand Rapids (Mich.) West Catholic 6-4 240

Has the skill set to fill Maxx Williams’ role as a pass-catching tight end.