Gopher Illustrated takes our best guess projection at the players Minnesota will sign on offense for the Gophers in 2017

Gopher Illustrated takes a stab at what the Gophers 2017 football recruiting signing class will look like seven months from national signing day with a look at the offense.

Quarterback

Already committed: None

Projected signee:

http://www.scout.com/player/207895-kadon-harrison?s=176

Reasoning:

I'm not very optimistic right now on the Gophers landing Texas quarterback Kamron Fields, they're only known quarterback offer out, until I hear that he's set up a visit to the Twin Cities. When selecting Kadon Harrison as my projected pick, know that Jay Johnson and staff have kept things very close to the vest, but for the former ULL offensive coordinator, why not choose the current ULL QB commit. Harrison is a name worth monitoring.

Running back

Already committed:

http://www.scout.com/player/184254-dominik-london/recruiting?year=2016&s...

Projected signees:

http://www.scout.com/player/184254-dominik-london/recruiting?year=2016&s...

http://www.scout.com/player/206292-jakyle-holmes/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Reasoning:

Gophers already have Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge running back Dominik London committed, and I'm projecting that Louisiana's JaKyle Holmes will join him later this month if his scheduled visit to Minnesota's BBQ goes on as planned. London can be the "thunder" to Holmes "lightning", as Holmes was one of the first offers on offense for Minnesota in 2017. Jay Johnson saw him will down at ULL and knew that Holmes was a must get for the Gophers. 

Tight End

Already committed: 

http://www.scout.com/player/205482-nathan-bursch?s=176

Projected signees:

http://www.scout.com/player/205482-nathan-bursch?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/206135-noah-gindorff/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Reasoning:

Gophers currently have one tight end commit in Woodbury's Nathan Bursch, and again, they're extremely happy with that their getting in the dominant blocking tight end. The comparison I've heard from sources is that Minnesota thinks he's a combination of Brandon Lingen and Maxx Williams. Sources believe he's more than athletic enough to be a threat in the passing game, but he's among the best blocking tight ends that Minnesota has signed in the Claeys era. 

Even though Crosby's Noah Gindorff doesn't have an offer yet, he's absolutely still on the board as Minnesota views him as a H tight end. He'll camp with the Gophers again in July to try and show what he's learned since the first camp. The first time that Gindorff camped with Minnesota in June, was his first time ever working as a tight end. He wasn't great on the board drills or extremely fluid running routes, which was expected to a degree, but now that he's been camping at more colleges as a tight end in between Gopher camps, the hope is that Gindorff can show improvement and that will land him a Minnesota offer. I still really like Gindorff's potential long-term, but he just needs more work at the tight end position, and think he'll earn an offer. Whether it's after camp or during the season.

Wide Receiver

Already committed: None

Projected signees:

http://www.scout.com/player/201926-demetrius-douglas/recruiting?year=201...

http://www.scout.com/player/209498-javan-hawes/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Reasoning:

The name to really watch this month will be former long-time Minnesota resident and Gopher legacy recruit Demetrius Douglas who will visit Minnesota, and camp with them in July. Douglas camped with Minnesota and got on their radar at their Junior Elite camp last year, and ended up picking up a Gopher offer. Since then, Oregon and Oregon State have followed suit. From talking with a source with knowledge of Douglas recruiting this week, expect it to be a Minnesota vs. Oregon battle, with a decision coming before the end of the month. Gophers would love to get Douglas to come back to the Northstar State for good.

Georgia's Javan Hawes is another guy that picked up an offer from Minnesota's satellite camp tour earlier in June, and as was reported earlier this week on GopherIllustrated, Hawes plans on visiting Minnesota in a couple weeks with his mother. Looks to be the weekend of the BBQ as the target date, and he'd be absolutely on commitment watch once a Gopher visit takes place.

Offensive Line

Already committed: 

http://www.scout.com/player/201919-blaise-andries?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/203413-eric-abojei/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Projected signees:

http://www.scout.com/player/201919-blaise-andries?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/203413-eric-abojei/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/200860-brett-kitrell/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/206508-corey-gaynor/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Reasoning:

Minnesota already has two in-state OL commits in Scout300 four-star Blaise Andries and top 75 OT Eric Abojei as Bart Miller and staff have done a good job in-state thus far. With that being said, expect Minnesota to sign four offensive linemen for their 2017 class. 

Kitrell recently took an unofficial visit to Minnesota with his family and high school coach, and things look pretty black and white here as Kitrell wants a decision here in the next month.

If Nebraska offers, he's going to be a Husker

If Nebraska doesn't offer, it's likely that he'll be a Gopher. 

Issue for Minnesota is that there's approximately seven months until National Signing Day, and whether Nebraska offers tomorrow, or NSD, it's thought that Kitrell would immediately take that offer over Minnesota. 

Minnesota loves Kitrell as a center at the next level.

Gaynor told GopherIllustrated earlier this week that Minnesota is in his top two and he's plans to visit Minneapolis this summer. The Gophers staff would love if that visit actually happens this month as they'd love to get Gaynor on campus and potentially have a shot at a commitment. Another guy that Minnesota likes on the interior.

Total number for 2017 on offense: 11


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