Before the pens hit the paper Wednesday, there could be some last-minute drama — the good kind and the bad kind — for Minnesota. The Gophers have 19 players committed, to varying degrees. Here’s a look at the situations that are coming down to the wire, according to the various recruiting services, with star rankings from the 247Sports Composite Index:


Dredrick Snelson: A three-star wide receiver from Hollywood, Fla., is technically committed to the Gophers. But he plans to pick Wednesday among Minnesota, Penn State, Central Florida, Maryland and Miami (Fla.)

Coney Durr: This three-star cornerback from Geismar, La., is committed to the Gophers but visited Virginia Tech this past weekend, one weekend after visiting North Carolina. His decision reportedly is down to the Gophers and Virginia Tech.

DeMarcus Williams: He’s a two-star quarterback from Jackson, Ala., and plans to announce his decision on Wednesday. All signs are pointing to the Gophers. He would join Seth Green as quarterbacks in this recruiting class.

TaMarion Johnson: This three-star defensive end from Southfield, Mich., plans to announce his decision on Wednesday and appears headed for the Gophers, as well.

Akreem Byrd: A three-star running back from Savannah, Ga., he likely is headed to Missouri, though there’s still a chance he’ll wind up with the Gophers.

Daniel Thomas: He’s a three-star safety from Montgomery, Ala., who reportedly is leaning toward becoming a Gopher — unless Auburn swoops in late with an offer.

And, of course — it is recruiting, after all — there could be more. Stay current with the latest action Wednesday on a signing day live blog at

Joe Christensen