2017 Gopher Hole

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  1. Kasper

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    [​IMG] Minnesota Gophers Recruiting [​IMG]

    All information regarding Minnesota football recruiting can be found here. The Gophers have 15 scholarships available for the 2017 year.​

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    Caliber Position Player Name Height Weight Hometown Notes Depth Chart Projection
    :4stars: WR Anthony Logan 6'2 185 Holdrege, NE Good ball skills with solid speed Should push for playing time right away
    :3stars: LB Matthew Moss 6'2 234 Saginaw, TX Good burst to the ball and solid tackler Likely redshirt
    :3stars: OL George Jones 6'4 310 Rowlett, TX Good run blocker May earn playing time right away, may redshirt
    :3stars: OL Steven Rice 6'2 281 Port Arthur, TX Good overall prospect Potential to push for playing time.
    :3stars: DE Dan Dunbar 6'0 244 Fridley, MN Balanced DE with good blend of moves, needs strength Redshirt
    :3stars: TE Marquice Rush 6'4 257 Pembroke Pines, FL Good run blocking TE Could play first year
    :2stars: C Victory Harvey 6'1 294 Fridley, MN Great raw strength Redshirt

     
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    Gophers sign first player of the season in DE Dan Dunbar out of Fridley, Minnesota. Dunbar is a solid DE, who will need to work on his strength and speed before he can make an impact. Though he lacks the physical strength or speed, Dunbar shows a good ability to shed blocks and has a good blend of pass rushing moves. Dunbar will be a project player but could make an impact a couple years into his tenure at UM.
     
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    Minnesota picked up their number one guy, Holdrege, Nebraska native Anthony Logan. Logan is the #35 WR in this class according to ESPN recruiting, and should push for playing time, if not a starting spot the second he steps onto campus in Minneapolis. Minnesota has shown flashes of potential throughout the receiving corps on the year, but Logan shows the ability to be consistent. The enough speed to finish plays (B) and the ability to go get the ball up high (B) and catch the ball in traffic (C+). Logan also shows disciplined hands for a young receiver (C-). The only knock Anthony has is his inability to make people miss in the open field, with a lack of juking (D-) or any type of spin move (D-).

    Overall Coach Kasper is excited about Logan and looking forward to him getting in for spring practice.
     
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    2 More high school seniors commit to Minnesota this past week; OT prospect George Jones and MLB Matthew Moss.

    Moss, a Saginaw, Texas native, was a high priority for UM coaches on the recruiting trail this season. Moss possesses great acceleration to the ball carrier (A-) and a good ability to shed blocks (C+) and make the tackle (C). Moss has adequate strength for a player coming out high school (C), as well as a solid vertical for a linebacker (C). Moss will likely redshirt and polish his game behind current Gopher star Pat Harris. However, when Moss gets a chance he may make some noise in the Big Ten and prove to be a steal for the Gophers.

    Continuing the Texas pipeline, coaches announced the signing of OT George Jones out of Rowlett, TX. Jones is a versatile offensive lineman at 6'4 310, and could move to guard if needed. Jones is a big get according to Coach Kasper because he will really help improve the running game. Great footwork (B-) and strength (B-) in his run blocking technique make him a good fit for a Minnesota offense that is determined to run the ball week in and week out. Jones also possess great acceleration for a player of his size (B-). Jones could easily push for playing time right off the bat.

    "Overall we added to great players this week that we as a coaching staff know will help us in the future. Matt is a guy that has great lateral movement and burst to the ball, and George is going to be a guy that I think will be a difference maker and a leader on the offensive line. You gotta be happy when you sign guys like these two, regardless of what the experts at ESPN have them 'ranked.'"
     
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    UM adds two more recruits this week, addressing one of their big needs.

    #21 TE Marquice Rush out of Pembroke Pines, Florida, is the first player out of the sunshine state to sign onto Minnesota. Rush is a good balanced TE, with usable speed, agility, and acceleration (all C). However, Coach Kasper has pointed to his blocking ability as the big reason Minnesota pursued this kid. At 6'4 and 257 pounds, Marquice does a great job of getting low on his man and moving him off the ball. Rush has a shot to contribute right away if he can show he is ready for the field, as UM has a few 3 TE sets they like to use.

    The second commit this week comes from Fridley, Minnesota. Some Gopher fans may say this locale sounds familiar, which should hold true because current Minnesota commit Dan Dunbar also will be graduating from Fridley this spring. Victor Harvey will be joining his teammate in Minneapolis. Harvey was not a highly touted prospect coming out of high school, and definately needs some polishing. However, he shows the raw strength that Coach Kasper feels can be woven into a solid C and contribute on the offensive line during his stay.
     
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    Steven Rice, a 6'2 281lb Guard prospect out of Port Arthur, TX has signed on to Minnesota for his collegiate career. Rice is the third offensive lineman to be signed by coach Kasper, with 2 more being pursued. Coach Kasper has stated multiple times that it all starts with the offensive line. Rice is a very well balanced player, with acceleration to pull on plays (B) and solid run blocking skills (C+). Rice shows good foot work (C) and strength (C-) while moving his man off the ball. Steven also has good overall strength for a player his age (C+). Overall, Rice is the kind of player that will progress into a fine offensive line and be able to contribute in Minnesota's new bruiser offense.
     

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