P.J. Fleck had another busy recruiting day for the Gophers on Sunday, landing four verbal commitments, including two more players who had been committed to Western Michigan.
Defensive end Nate Umlor (from Allendale, Mich.), offensive lineman Kyle Sassack (Pontiac, Mich.) and defensive tackle Tyrone Chambers (Cleveland) became the seventh, eighth and ninth players who have flipped from Western Michigan to Minnesota since Fleck made that switch himself Friday.
The Gophers also landed running back Mohamed Ibrahim Jr. (Olney, Md.), who is ranked as the nation’s 39th best running back recruit by 247Sports.com. The 5-9, 190-pound senior also had offers from Iowa and Kentucky.
Chambers also had offers from Mississippi, Iowa State and Purdue.
That gave the Gophers 24 commitments in this class heading into national signing day on Feb. 1. On WCCO (830-AM), Fleck said he has spoken to the committed players from Minnesota, and they’re “all on board.” Fleck also told WCCO that he expects to have his coaching staff hired by Thursday.
• Ken Roczen won the season-opening AMA Supercross race Saturday night at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, Calif., beating runner-up and defending 450SX series champion Ryan Dungey of Belle Plaine by nearly 15 seconds.
• Coach Doug Schueller won his 100th career game for St. John’s in a 1-0 victory over Wisconsin-Superior in men’s hockey Saturday night.