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Analysis: Minnesota adds powerful DT Noah Shannon

Minnesota adds to their already strong class with another commitment from Illinois, powerful defensive tackle Noah Shannon.

Noah Shannon became the latest Illinois-based commitment for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.

Shannon is a shorter, wider-bodied defensive tackle who is strong at the point of attack. He gets underneath blockers and generally plays with good pad level and leverage. Combined with his strength, that allows him to drive offensive linemen back and be disruptive. There are times when he gets high and still is able to use his strength and athleticism to make plays, but that will be tougher to do in the Big Ten, so he must work at maintaining that pad level. He is a good athlete who shows the ability to pursue and also get upfield quickly as a pass rusher. At 6-foot-2, 285 pounds, he may not get a ton bigger in college, but he has a good combination of strength and quickness.

Shannon should complement fellow Chicagoland defensive tackle commit Elijah Teague very well for the Gophers, who continue to beat other Big Ten schools for their commitments. Shannon had offers from Iowa, Indiana, Rutgers and Michigan State in the conference, but also Missouri, Virginia, Iowa State, Kansas State and more. He was a very productive, disruptive player as a junior and we would expect him to be more of the same in college.

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