After a quiet start to the late signing period, Minnesota has gotten commitments from two recruits in a span of three days.
Ahmad Gilbert is the latest, committing to the Gophers on his official visit on Thursday, his high school coach, Robert Moore (Constitution High School), confirmed to the Star Tribune.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com was the first to report the news.
Gilbert is a 6-6 left-handed wing out of Philadelphia and chose the Gophers over offers from Pittsburgh, Wichita State and others. The versatile player can rebound, shoot and defend a couple of different positions, but will be valuable right away as another option at small forward – perhaps the Gophers’ biggest hole in next year’s lineup and -- give Minnesota more size in that role.
Gophers coach Richard Pitino and assistant Kimani Young had visited Gilbert at home after an open gym at Constitution on Monday, and Moore said he sensed that a commitment was near.
"I could kind of tell on Monday from the look on the kid's face that he was excited and leaning towards [Minnesota]," Moore said. "I left the home visit feeling like it would be done by the end of the week.
"I was just impressed by coach Pitino and coach Young, just their sincerity and what they brought to the table, their professionalism and everything else associated with how they’ve recruited Ahmad. I just felt like it was going to be a good fit."
Earlier in the day, Gilbert had tweeted that he would make his decision on May. 21 -- still on the Dinkytown campus, he clearly changed his mind.
Gilbert was originally committed to George Mason, but reopened his recruitment after coach Paul Hewitt was fired in March.
Gilbert gave Gophers coach Richard Pitino the nod two days after Illinois State transfer and Edina native Reggie Lynch committed to Minnesota. The Gophers now have a six-man 2015 class coming in this fall, and they still have another scholarship to play with.