Fantastic Fourth From Miami Central

Earlier today, reported that Miami (Fla.) Central defensive lineman Jordan Hinojosa was close to committing to the Gophers. Hinojosa couldn't wait until his camp visit later this month and on Monday evening he made the call to the Minnesota coaching staff to give them his verbal commitment.

Although he was planning on waiting until his visit later this month to commit, the 6-foot-3, 275-pound Hinojosa couldn't wait any longer, giving his pledge to Minnesota earlier this evening.

Hinojosa called coach Bill Miller to let him know about the commitment.

"Coach Miller and I talked about how Josh (Ballesteros), Brian (Nicholson), and Samad (Hinds) and I are all ready to turn this university around and getting it back to the old days and we're making it into another top-25 team like it used to be," he said.

The two also discussed how Hinojosa fits into the Gophers' defensive scheme.

"He said I fit in perfectly. I can play almost any position on the defensive line," said Hinojosa. "He said I will fit in perfectly whether it be defensive tackle, nose tackle or defensive end."

Hinojosa also spoke over the phone with coach Jerry Kill for the first time.

"I told Coach Kill and he was so happy," he said. "I felt like he was sitting there in my living room with him speaking with him to be honest with you."

Hinojosa respects the type of coach that Jerry Kill is.

"He's a nice guy but let me tell you something, I saw those Webisodes on Gopher football. You know, that's my type of coach, mean, in your face, and he doesn't really care what you have to think about it. That's my type of coach and that's the coach I want to play for," he said.

He also informed his current teammate and future Gopher Brian Nicholson of his decision.

"I called Brian (Nicholson) and he said, ‘Man, it's about time.'"

How does Hinojosa feel to have made his college decision?

"I'm happy with the decision I made," he said. "It took a lot of time, a lot of prayer; God helped me make the right decision."

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