The Gophers plucked another recruit from a deep in-state class Tuesday, when Phillip Howard, a multi-position athlete from Robbinsdale Cooper, announced he was committing to Minnesota.
Howard attended the Gophers’ practice and notified the coaching staff there. He is the fourth top Minnesota recruit to commit for the 2016 class, joining Eden Prairie linebacker Carter Coughlin, East Ridge defensive tackle Jojo Garcia and Robbinsdale Armstrong linebacker Thomas Barber.
Howard has played quarterback for Cooper and could be either a wide receiver or a cornerback in college. He also had reported offers from Wyoming, Western Michigan and North Dakota State, among others.
Howard posted the news on Twitter: