Gopher Football Recruiting Updates

Fox Sports Next National Recruiting Analyst, Allen Trieu talks in this exclusive interview about Minnesota football recruiting, sleepers, 2015 in-staters and much more inside.

Brice Marich: What do you think about the Minnesota class so far?

Allen Trieu: "I think it's a very solid class to date so far. There are only six commits, but I think each of them are quality commits. Obviously, you get a four-star guy, top guy in the state and a guy with many other offers like Jeffrey Jones and that is a big time foundation to the class. Then you have another four-star guy like Connor Mayes on top of it and you have the start of a really strong class."

Brice Marich: How big of a pick up was getting WI TE Gaelin Elmore and why do you think Minnesota won out?

Allen Trieu: "Elmore was a great get, both because he's a big, physical kid, and because the Gophers beat conference rivals Wisconsin, Nebraska and Michigan State for him. I think they did a great job of getting him to campus and winning him over. I really thought Wisconsin and Nebraska were in good shape there and after he visited Minnesota, that seemed to seal the deal. He's a good fit for their offense and he cited that as a reason he chose the school."

Brice Marich: What are some sleepers recruits that you could possibly see the Gophers jump in on and try to steal?

Allen Trieu: "I don't necessarily know about "steal," but I do think Minnesota has a chance to come back into Ohio and get a couple kids. They got a kid we really liked last year in De'Niro Laster and we think they're still in the mix for Jamal Davis and Dorian Baker, two kids who may not be five-stars, but are good prospects."

Brice Marich: How does the 2015 class in Minnesota look to you this early?

Allen Trieu: "Well, you have a headliner in Jashon Cornell, who is being recruited by the entire country. I also think there are some kids who are going to end up being really good players. Josh Corcoran is a kid I really like, Nick Connelly is another that I really like and there are a few others who have a chance to step up this season and become high level recruits. I think it's important to note how early it is. No one really knew who J.C. Hassenauer was at this time last year and Frank Ragnow had just gotten his first offer, so things tend to move more after junior seasons are played."

Brice Marich: What are the chances you think Minnesota has to holding on to running back commit, Jeffrey Jones?

Allen Trieu: "I think they'll have to battle. There are some schools that will watch him as a senior, and if he has the year I think he can, it wouldn't surprise me to see new offers. However, he committed to Minnesota over other offers and he's been on campus quite a bit, plus it's close to home, so there are plenty of aspects of his recruitment that help the Gophers."

Brice Marich: 2015 MN DE Jashon Cornell looks like he will be one of the best next year, so where do you think he will be ranked in the Midwest and how good of a shot do the Gophers have at keeping him stay home?

Allen Trieu: "At this point, I think it will be very tough. I see him leaving the state as of now. He's going to be a top five guy in the Midwest for us and he has options all over the country. He has been to Minnesota quite a few times, so the Gophers are in the game, but I'd be a little surprised if he ended up staying at home."

Brice Marich: There has been a lot of miles put on MN OT Frank Ragnow's car lately with him visiting Arkansas, Alabama, Florida State and Florida recently, so what is your take on all his southern visits? Do you think he is serious about going down south or do you think he is just experiencing the process?

Allen Trieu: "Well, those schools, with the exception of Arkansas, have not offered yet, so I think he was going down to see them, but also gauge interest and let them know he was interested. I think he's open to going anywhere, not just the South. Minnesota was his first offer and they're the in-state school, so they're going to be in it for him, but he's become a national recruit."

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