Minnesota Comes To Ohio For Satellite Camp

CANTON, Ohio -- Minnesota brought their entire coaching staff to Ohio for a satellite camp with Walsh University, and there was a lot of excitement in the air because of head coach P.J. Fleck.

- Having a Big Ten program like Minnesota come to Ohio brought out a lot of the state's top players, and several offers were issued. Head coach P.J. Fleck's enthusiasm is contagious, and he and his staff worked the camp aggressively and vocally. Assistants Ed Warriner and Kenni Burns were particularly effective with their position groups, and it was obvious the players enjoyed working with both.

- The Gophers currently have three commits from Ohio, Brennan ArmstrongAustin Beier and Jornell Manns, and all three were on hand for the camp. Armstrong and Manns have been friends for years, and they both worked out with the coaching staff. They already have a great quarterback/wide receiver bond. 

- Minnesota wanted in-state three-star linebacker Chase Kline to make the drive to Canton, and he did that with his father. Kline landed an offer from Fleck, and that obviously pleased the Chardon athlete. The Gophers need to get Kline on campus, and I would have them squarely in the mix for Kline, with Michigan State as the favorite right now. 

- The camp was also attended by the Bowling Green staff, which made for an awkward moment. The Falcons have a commitment from Marysville linebacker/runningback Thomas Rush, but he was clearly there looking for a Minnesota offer. I spoke to Rush following the camp, and he stated that no offer was extended. The Gophers might want to wait 24 hours out of respect to Bowling Green, or the player might not have felt comfortable making the offer public. Either way, I expect Rush to get the offer, decommit from Bowling Green, and commit to Minnesota at some point. This was the first time seeing Rush in person, and there is a lot to like with his size and speed combination. 

- They also offered a couple 2019 prospects, offensive lineman Charles Turner, and defensive end Dontay Hunter II, and both are impressive looking athletes. Both players were thrilled to have the offers, and Minnesota should be in it for each recruit. 

- The funniest part of the camp was seeing 2020 runningback Darvon Hubbard show up at the camp. Because of his age, Hubbard was put with the younger campers, but he didn't last there too long. He is going to be a national recruit, so he was soon put with the elite group and he was offered by Fleck/Warinner/Burns shortly after. With three years of high school remaining, Hubbard is going to be a household name at some point, but Minnesota is his first Power Five offer. 

- Another top 2020 prospect, quarterback Roman Purcell, was very impressive and the Gophers spent a lot of time with him. I don't believe he was offered, but they will recruit him going forward. 

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