How the class was built
The Gophers’ Class of 2017 will be a mix of longtime recruits and newcomers. Here’s a breakdown:
Holdovers from Tracy Claeys (6)
Eric Abojei, Blaise Andries, Nathan Bursch, Dominik London, Neil McLaurin, Grant Ryerse
Additions once P.J. Fleck was hired (22)
Players listed with former school in parentheses if he flipped from a previous commitment. Nine players were once committed to Western Michigan:
Chris Autman-Bell (Western Michigan), Adam Beck (Texas Tech)
Tyrone Chambers (WMU), Demetrius Douglas (Oregon)
Reyondous Estes (Missouri), Trenton Guthrie (WMU), Kendarian Handy-Holly, Justus Harris (Cincinnati), Noah Hickcox (WMU), Mohamed Ibrahim, Boye Mafe, Tanner Morgan (WMU), Esezi Otomewo (WMU), Jacob Paulson, Malcolm Robinson (Purdue), Kyle Sassack (WMU), Austin Schirck (Northern Iowa), John Schmitz (WMU), Royal Silver, Ihmir Smith-Marsette (Rutgers), Nate Umlor (WMC), Harry Van Dyne.
Note: Reyondous Estes flipped from WMU to Missouri then Minnesota
Decommits since Claeys was fired (9)
Players listed with new school in parathensis, if known:
Joshua Croslen, DT (undecided), Bryson Jackson, LB (Baylor), Trey Creamer, CB (Iowa), Raheem Layne, CB (Indiana), Javan Hawes, WR (Cincinnati), Claudin Cherelus, LB (Massachusetts), Brett Kitrell, OL (Ohio), Jimmie Terry, OL (undecided), Jakyle Holmes, athlete (undecided).