Ford, the 6-foot-5, 335-pound mammoth offensive lineman with quick feet was the first one to inform that Minnesota had stepped up to the plate, and he was very excited about the opportunity to play in the Big 10.
"I just wanted to tell you Minnesota offered," Ford said. "(I am) very excited. The coaches pulled me aside before practice and I thought I was getting in to some kind of trouble and they told me that I had got the offer."
Shortell, the 6-foot-4, 215-pound pr-style quarterback was picked as having one of the very best performances at the Elite 11 stop in Fort Worth earlier in the spring solidified his status as one of the top throwers in the region with the offer.
"It took a lot of the stress off and it feels pretty awesome," Shortell said about the offer from Minnesota. "It was pretty surprising."
Obviously, Minnesota jumped towards the front of Shortell's list after extending the offer and he wants to visit the campus as soon as possible, but there are a number of other schools like "Illinois, Rutgers, Northwestern, Iowa and Iowa State" that have recently turned up the heat as well.
Shortell plans to attend camps at Iowa, Illinois, and Rutgers this summer.
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