Analysis: Gophers uncover in-state sleeper

Perham (Minn.) defensive tackle Logan Richter was offered by Minnesota and committed on Saturday. Scout takes a closer look at his impressive skill set here.

Logan Richter was offered by Minnesota on a Saturday visit and he committed on the spot. He was not a well-known prospect beforehand, but it is easy to see what the Gophers liked.

A basketball player, Richter is one of those kids who is naturally big and thick, but not out of shape. He has a powerful build and a low center of gravity and on his tape, he used that, along with the ability to bend his big body, to easily drive offensive linemen back and move them off the snap of the ball. That flexibility was apparent on several plays on his tape where you see the pad level he plays with and his ability to keep leverage and not get tall off the snap.

He wins with that initial burst and strike, but he can still improve with his hands and overall technique in shedding blocks. Right now, he is not forced to do that as much because he is bigger and stronger than everyone across from him, but he will need to develop that in college.

On film, we do not see him chase a ton of plays, but he comes across as a good athlete and there are moments of him in space on his offensive tape which demonstrate his balance and athleticism. Improving his overall foot speed and ability in pursuit is something that he can still work on.

The film is limited in terms of length. The competition level is not the highest. We have not seen Richter in person yet. All of that said, there are flashes of high upside on Richter's film and combine that with his size and frame and you have a kid who can be a high-level defensive tackle. He may be a little bit of a project, but there are definitely power-five, Big Ten level tools in his skill set.

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