Committed Over: Blinn JUCO defensive end Tralund Webber committed to Minnesota over offers from Arizona State, Cincinnati, Iowa State, Kansas, Louisiana-Lafayette and Texas State.
Rated: Webber is a two-star prospect and is unranked by Scout.com.
On Film: To access Webber's game, GopherDigest spoke with his defensive coordinator, Thomas Rocco, to learn more. "He is physically gifted. He's long and lean - good foot speed and quickness. He is from an outstanding high school program and came in here with a rare mindset. Tralund's competitive edge is what sets him apart. Since he arrived at Blinn, there has been no question what his intentions are. He's a great teammate and pleasure to coach."
Recruiting Impact: Minnesota defensive line coach Jeff Phelps was a happy man last night as he tweeted this after receiving a commitment from Webber.
When you hear great news that your position group just got better, you celebrate pic.twitter.com/i5vTwEXTdf— Jeffrey Phelps (@PhelpsDLCoach) July 22, 2015
Losing both Thieren Cockran and Alex Keith leaves Minnesota thin at defensive end with only Hendrick Ekpe and Gaelin Elmore having on the field experience heading into 2016. The Gophers are going to be very young behind those two next season and Webber will have every chance to play right away because of the opportunity and his standout ability as a pass rusher. I fully expect Webber to earn significant playing time next season.
With Jojo Garcia committed at defensive tackle and Webber as the junior college defensive end for the class, the Gophers can now focus their attention on multiple high school defensive ends such as Alabama's Terrance Corbett. Corbett almost visited the Gophers for their BBQ last weekend, but things didn't work out. He's long listed the Gophers as his top school since the offer and an official visit should be getting scheduled soon early in the season. Corbett is a little lean, but makes up for that with an explosive first step and speed that gives offensive tackles fits around the outside.
Miramar (Fla.) unranked defensive end Terrell Lucas has also been very pro Minnesota lately after telling GopherDigest over the weekend he's working on scheduling an official visit to Minnesota soon. He's said that the Gophers are showing the most interest in him right now and that he's very good friends with Elijah Daniels and Elisha Daniels and they're working on him getting to Minnesota. Things look promising for Minnesota with Terrell right now.
Quoteable: "I have my mind set on Minnesota and that's where I want to go," Webber told GopherDigest.com. "I'm all done with recruiting now. I'll be a three for two guy that graduates in December and the Minnesota coaches want to use me as a pass rusher as they feel that I could come in and really help out the team."
Final Thought: Webber could end up being the most impactful commit from this 2016 class next year. The opportunity will absolutely be there with only two upperclassmen defensive ends besides Webber on the team in 2016 and with how much the Gophers believe in his abilities, this could be a great fit for both. Webber could end up starting his next two seasons at Minnesota.