The Golden Gophers added their twelfth commitment on Friday when Fargo (ND.) South senior running back James johannesson pledged to Minnesota. The 6-1, 210-pound tailback explains why he chose Minnesota and how big of playing running back was in his ultimate decision.
“It is a huge offer from the Big Ten and Coach Kill has been there with his whole staff since they have started,” Johannesson told GopherDigest. “They have been getting better every year, so I mean they are on the upside right now. That is one of the main factors I picked them basically was getting to stay a running back. It is a pretty big deal to play running back for me.”
Johannesson becomes the second running back commit in this class joining Canadian tailback Jonathan Femi-Cole. He held offers from North Dakota, North Dakota State and Yale while also receiving interest from Iowa and Nebraska. This past season, he ran for 2,671 yards and 29 touchdowns while becoming North Dakota’s Gatorade Player of the Year.
While playing running back at Minnesota was a big reason why he liked the Gophers so much, there was another major reason, which was the headman himself Jerry Kill.
"I just really like that he is a pretty normal guy,” said Johannesson. “He is just an all around great guy and I talk to him a lot. He comes from a smaller town, so I like that about him."
With Johannesson in the fold, he talks about what he plans on bringing to the table for this improved Gopher team.
“I am going to bring a lot of hard work and motivation,” said Johanneson. “I think I will fit well at the running back position for them.”