Wednesday was a day of coming and going for Gophers football.
Former East Ridge quarterback Seth Green was one of seven recruits who signed to play for the university, with plans to enroll in January and participate in spring practice.
The list also includes four junior college transfers: defensive tackle Merrick Jackson (from Iowa Western Community College), guard Vincent Calhoun (Southwest Mississippi Community College), guard Garrison Wright (Butler Community College) and cornerback Elijah Battle (Dodge City Community College). Those four signed national letters of intent and will each have two years of eligibility at Minnesota.
The other two are Armstrong linebacker Thomas Barber and Taiyon Devers, a defensive end from Pompano Beach, Fla., who attended Georgia Prep Sports Academy.
Battle flipped his commitment from West Virginia to the Gophers on Wednesday. He is a consensus three-star recruit from Dodge City (Kan.) Community College. He also had reported offers from Arizona, Houston and Central Michigan.
Late Wednesday night, Ko Kieft, a tight end from Sioux center, iowa, flipped his commitment from four-time FCS champion North Dakota State to Minnesota, a source familiar with his decision confirmed.
The junior college players signed national letters of intent and will each have two years of eligibility at Minnesota.
Green, who played quarterback this year in Allen, Texas, and the other high school recruits, signed tenders of financial aid. Those are technically nonbinding documents, but they all intend to enroll early and officially sign on national signing day, Feb. 3.