In-state offensive lineman Eric Abojei will be visiting Minnesota for spring practice tomorrow, which is a good news yes, but he has visited for every spring practice open to the media thus far. The news comes that Abojei's family will be joining him on this visit to Gophers campus and this will be the first time his parents and extended family will meet the coaches and see the school. I 100% believe that if his family likes the visit tomorrow, Abojei could be extremely close to pulling the trigger on Minnesota and becoming the first commitment for offensive line coach Bart Miller.
Wilson and his father will be visiting Minnesota for the Gophers spring practice and this will be their first visit back since Eric was offered back in March. Wilson is returning from a spring break trip that saw him visit Michigan, Michigan State and many Ivy League schools. Neither the Wolverines or Spartans offered Wilson while on his visits, so Minnesota remains firmly atop the list for the in-state offensive lineman. While I think Wilson wants to go through the spring evaluation period to see what other offers may come, I believe by the end of the spring, the Gophers may be closing in on a commitment from the Benilde - St. Margaret offensive lineman.
Ryerse makes his first appearance of the spring at the Gophers practice tomorrow and it'll be his first visit to campus since Minnesota's junior day in January. Minnesota is Ryerse's only offer at this point, but he has significant interest from other Big Ten schools and schools out west (where his parents are from). Ryerse is looking to connect with the new special teams coaches and Tracy Claeys and it wouldn't be out of the question to think a commitment could come if Ryerse feels comfortable tomorrow.
Top Gophers defensive end target Levi Duwa will begin his two day unofficial visit to Minnesota this afternoon with his parents. Duwa does have a commitable Minnesota offer and this will be his first time to the Twin Cities to see what the Gophers have to offer. Duwa will stay overnight on campus with the Minnesota players and attend practice. I don't foresee a potential commitment as Duwa grew up a Hawkeyes fan and I think he wants the chance to earn an offer at Iowa's summer camp, but it's still a huge visit for Minnesota to get a step ahead of their rivals to the south.
Ott is one of my personal favorites for Minnesota in-state class of 2017 as I had the chance to see him at the Gophers camp this past summer and despite being undersized, worked his tail off and battled like nobody else there. Ott was the state's leader in sacks in 2015 before going down with a knee injury, and if he can show that he's 100% recovered from surgery this fall and gain some more weight, Ott will absolutely have a shot at a Gopher offer.
Lofton currently has five FCS offers and an offer from Wyoming here early on, and this will be his first visit to Minnesota's spring practice. Lofton's film makes me think he'll be a BCS caliber of player and he's probably one of a couple of defensive backs in the state that'll have a chance to earn an offer from the Gophers at camp this summer. Lofton is a really intriguing recruit to watch.
Thomas is an interesting prospect to keep an eye on for the 2017 quarterback class as Minnesota has yet to offer a quarterback yet under new offensive coordinator / quarterback coach Jay Johnson. Thomas visited Minnesota for their junior day and was a recent standout at one of the Nike camps.