THE GOPHERS' CLASS OF 2020
Player Position Height Weight Stars
Itayvion Brown LB 6-4 220
•<CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY> From Lutheran High School North (St. Louis): Nation's 22nd-ranked outside linebacker recruit also had offers from LSU, Ole Miss and Florida State. Two-time all-state selection had 105 tackles and seven sacks this season.
Daniel Jackson WR 6-0 200
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Bishop Miege High School (Mission, Kan.): The No. 2 recruit in Kansas chose the Gophers despite offers from Notre Dame, Arizona State and Texas A&M. Led his high school team to sixth consecutive state title with 74 receptions for 1,511 yards and 27 touchdowns this season.
Ky Thomas RB 5-11 205
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Topeka (Kan.) High School: Rushed for 3,027 yards and 35 touchdowns in his final prep season. Gatorade Athlete of the Year in his state accumulated 7,703 career rushing yards and 95 touchdowns.
JaH JOYNER DE 6-4 230
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Danbury High School (Danbury, Conn.): Decommitted from Boston College to join the Gophers Wednesday. Made 24 sacks in his last two high school seasons and was 2019 all-state player.
Jaqwondis Burns OLB 6-2 210
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.): Decommitted from Ole Miss and flipped to the Gophers on Saturday. Led IMG to a No. 6 national ranking and a No. 1 ranking in Florida.
Jonathan Mann WR 6-3 200
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Rosemount High School: Averaged 23 yards per catch and scored eight touchdowns while making all-state team. One of three in-state commits in this Gophers class.
Douglas Emilien WR 6-0 185
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From American Heritage School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.): Declined offers from LSU and Miami to choose the Gophers on Dec. 2 after their 10-2 season. Led his team in all-purpose yards and touchdowns, including 36 receptions for 595 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Danny Striggow DE 6-4 235
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Orono High School: Chose to pursue football instead of wrestling, though he was the 2019 Class 2A state champion and has two older brothers on Michigan's wrestling team. All-state selection with 46 tackles, eight for a loss.
Jalen Logan-Redding DE 6-4 250
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Rock Bridge High School (Columbia, Mo.): Switched his commitment from Missouri to the Gophers on Sunday. All-state selection who contributed 140 tackles and 18 sacks in past two seasons.
Player Position Height Weight Stars
Martes Lewis T 6-7 320
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Merrillville High School (Merrillville, Ind.): The bigger-than-average offensive lineman is the fifth-ranked recruit in Indiana. Two-time all-state selection who was also a sectional champion and state qualifier in shot put.
Michael Dixon S 6-1 200
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Statesboro High School (Statesboro, Ga.): One of three in this class from Georgia, an area the Gophers have tried to build a pipeline to with assistant coach Rod Chance's connections. Three-time All-Region selection with 47 tackles, three interceptions and six pass breakups.
Gage Keys DE 6-5 250
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson High School: One of many players who committed to the Gophers after their "summer splash" June weekend visit. Had 20 tackles for loss.
Lucas Finnessy LB 6-3 230
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Hamilton High School (Sussex, Wis.): Has many transferable skills from playing basketball as well as the cornerback position. Two-time all-state selection who scored touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams in high school.
Aireontae Ersery OT 6-5 300
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Ruskin (Kansas City, Mo.): Didn't start playing football until his sophomore season but garnered the Gophers' attention, his only offer. Also a skilled shot put, discus and javelin thrower.
Abner Dubar S 6-0 185
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Anna (Texas) High School: A Minnesota native who movedto Texas in elementary school, initially committed to Texas Tech. Also played running back. Made 105 career tackles, three forced fumbles, two fumble recovers and six pass breakups.
Jalen Glaze CB 6-0 185
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Lincoln High School (Tallahassee, Fla.): Had 103 tackles, seven interceptions (two pick sixes), two forced fumbles and a blocked punt in his last two years of high school football.
Cody Lindenberg LB 6-3 225
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Anoka High School: Gophers recruiting analyst Ryan Burns, from 247Sports.com, said he thinks Lindenberg is better than Kaden Johnson, the four-star Minnehaha Academy linebacker who committed to Wisconsin.
Miles Fleming ATH 5-10 175
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Bishop Hartley High School (Columbus, Ohio): Changed his commitment from Miami (Ohio) in late July. Played quarterback in high school but projects as a defensive back. All-state selection with 2,130 passing yards and 16 touchdowns, as well as 1,701 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns throughout high school.
Player Position Height Weight Stars
Ali Saad DT 6-3 260
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Dearborn (Mich.) High School: 247Sports.com projects him as a multiyear starter with potential at the three-technique or end position as long as he adds bulk. Made 141 tackles and 22 for a loss in his preps career.
Victor Pless ATH 5-10 175
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Harrison High School (Kennesaw, Ga.): Helped his school to its first state championship this season and a 15-0 record, making 44 tackles, four interceptions and a touchdown. Projected as a cornerback.
Tyrell Lawrence G 6-7 345
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Clearwater Academy International (Mississauga, Ontario): The Canadian committed to the Gophers on Sunday, though he also held an offer from Tennessee. A 2018 Canada Football Chat All-Canadian Offence First Team selection.
Austin Henderson TE 6-6 230
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Ensworth High School (Nashville): The Gophers were the first Power Five offer for Henderson, who made the all-region team in his final high school season. Had 21 receptions for 22 yards.
Melle Kreuder DE 6-3 235
• <CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Munich, Germany: Was playing for the Munich Rangers, an overseas American football team, before going to several college camps this past year, picking up offers from Buffalo and UMass as well.
mark crawford P 6-3 225
•<CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Perth, Australia: The punter became U's first early signing day signing Tuesday evening, thanks to the different time zones. There isn't much information on Crawford, but with starting punter Jacob Herbers graduating, the Gophers will need to fill that spot. Crawford will enroll in January.
WYATT SCHROEDER te 6-5 235
•<CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>Preferred walk-on from St. Francis High School (St. Francis, Minn.): School-record holder in receptions, yards and receptions in a season. Participated in the 2019 Minnesota Football Showcase.
DRAGAN KESICH k 6-4 235
•<CHARENTITY>7</CHARENTITY>From Oak Creek High School (Oak Creek, Wis.): The No. 7 kicker in the country, according to Kohl's Kicking Camp. Earned 2019 all-state honors as a kicker and punter. Finished high school career with 96% of his kickoffs resulting in a touchback.
Notes: Star ratings are from the 247Sports.com composite of major national recruiting services and are listed in order of ranking. Sources: Star Tribune reporting, 247Sports.com.