A "preferred walk-on" is a player who typically has been guaranteed a spot on the team but is not offered a scholarship. Here are seven recruits who fit that category at the University of Minnesota.
Name Pos. High school Ht., Wt.
Blake Cashman S Eden Prairie 6-2, 200
Committed to the Gophers after reportedly making an official visit to North Dakota State.
Trey Hansen LS Cedar Falls (Iowa) 6-2, 205
Rated one of top long-snappers in the country. Also played QB in high school.
Jacob Herbers P Battle Creek (Mich.) Lakeview 6-2, 195
Averaged 40.9 yards per punt as a senior and connected on nine of 11 field goals.
Noah Kuehn OL Eagan 6-6, 295
Played left tackle, earned all-conference honors. Also played basketball and threw the discus.
Adam Mayer ATH Concord (Calif.) De La Salle 6-1, 205
Had 27 catches, 486 yards for 14-0 state champs. Injured as a junior. Father played for U, 1968-70.
Matt Morse ATH Apple Valley 6-1, 185
Played WR as a junior, QB as a senior. Passed for 700 yards and rushed for 550 last fall.
Joseph Mydra LB Hopkins 6-3, 205
Named All-Lake Conference as a senior. Team captain.