Five To Watch

We take a look at five junior in-state recruits that could receive a Minnesota offer down the road in their recruitment

Lakeville (MN.) South middle linebacker Josh Corcoran
Position Ranking: 45

Main Competition: Nebraska, Iowa State and Florida State

The Latest- Most people look at highly regarded junior defensive end Jashon Cornell when they look at this strong crop of recruits in Minnesota for 2015, but Corcoran is someone to watch for sure. The Gophers have been pursing the talented linebacker and sending him plenty of mail. He is very familiar to Minneapolis with visiting multiple times there, but has taken recent trips to Nebraska and Iowa State, where he left impressed from both. A very hard-nosed type of linebacker and at 6-3, 225-pounds, he already has a good frame on him especially as a junior and could be seeing some offers start coming his way.

De La Salle (MN.) offensive tackle Drayton Carlberg
Position Ranking: 30

Main Competition: Rutgers and Pittsburgh

The Latest- Arguably one of the top players in Minnesota this year, Carlberg has started to see his recruitment heat up. He has recently picked up offers from Rutgers and Pittsburgh. He is receiving early interest with Minnesota being in his ear as of late. The 6-5, 275-pound tackle has good size and strength to excel at a high level and is only getting better.

Mankato (MN.) West quarterback Ryan Schlichte
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Main Competition: Iowa, Iowa State and Wisconsin

The Latest- Many think that Schlichte is the top junior signal caller in the state and he has backed that up by putting up some big numbers this year. The 6-1, 200-pound gun slinger is hearing from many schools early on like Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Iowa State amongst many others. Still, he has stated that a Gopher offer would be a offer that would mean a lot to him and he has already established strong relationships with the Minnesota coaching staff.

Prior Lake (MN.) outside linebacker Alex Hart
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Main Competition: Iowa, Iowa State and Cincinnati

The Latest- The 6-2, 215-pound linebacker has probably the most ties out of all these guys as his older brother Nick plays for Minnesota as a tight end, his dad was a football player and his mom was a swimmer at Minnesota as well. Not shockingly, he has shown high interest in the Gophers and they have been talking to him. He showed he has what it takes to compete at the next level by impressing over the summer at several camps with his ability to cover in space and cover.

Stewartville (IL.) offensive tackle Dillon Holtan
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Main Competition: Cincinnati, Michigan State, Missouri and Rutgers

The Latest- A Gopher fan growing up, Holtan has always expressed interest in Minnesota, but is starting to hear from more and more after his good junior year and being named to the All-Conference Team as a junior. This physical 6-6, 270-pound lineman plays a tough and physical brand of football, which Minnesota is becoming more and more. Not only is he getting it done on the field, but also in the classroom having a 3.3 GPA.

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