Minnesota's Big (Time) Commitment

The Gophers landed a top notch recruiting class in 2003 and it doesn't look like Glen Mason and his staff will miss a beat in 2004.

Glen Mason and his Minnesota Golden Gophers football staff signed a terrific group of recruits this past February.

It doesn't look like the Gophers are going to miss a beat in 2003-‘04 as they have received a verbal commitment from perhaps the best prospect in the state of Minnesota.

Lydon Murtha, a 6-foot-8, 320-pound, offensive tackle from Hutchinson pledged the Golden Gophers in January.

"Lydon is a definite top five prospect, if not the best prospect in the state of Minnesota," said Hutchinson Head Coach, Andy Rosberg.

"Lydon is very athletic for his size, we've timed him in the 40-yard dash at 5.02 seconds and he's a basketball player.

"Lydon has the best combination of size and athleticism that I've seen in 35 years. You look at him (Murtha) and you would never think that anyone that big could move like he does."

"We have thought about using Lydon as a tight end and even as a fullback on goal line situations. He's a great character young man and he has a tremendous work ethic."

Murtha says it doesn't matter who comes calling, his commitment is solid.

"I'm not going back on my word," Murtha said. "I'm not going to give them (Minnesota) a commitment and look at other schools, that isn't right.

"My uncle (Greg Murtha) played for the Gophers and the Minnesota Vikings. I like the Minnesota campus, its close to home and I get along with players and the coaching staff.

"I'm still getting a lot of mail but I'll tell anyone that calls me in May that I'm committed to Minnesota."

Murtha was named all-state in 2002. He also letters in track & field.

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