officially joins the team effective July 1st

Effective July 1st, Former Rivals publishers Zach Johnson and Ryan James will re-unite with Ryan Burns on, the new Minnesota site on Scout.

Effective July 1st, Former Rivals publishers Zach Johnson and Ryan James will re-unite with Ryan Burns on, the new Minnesota site on Scout.

“We are very excited to be bringing Gopher Illustrated to the network,” Johnson said.  “We understand the risk involved with changing networks but we feel Gopher fans and our subscribers deserve the best team and recruiting coverage and we feel enhances our ability to deliver our product.”

“While it was indeed a tough decision to make, we are thrilled to be joining publishers from Indiana, Colorado and Villanova in transitioning to on July 1st, “Johnson added.  “As well as joining former Rivals mainstays from Notre Dame, USC, Maryland and others that have already made the move to the network over the past few years."

“I couldn’t be more pleased that Zach and crew from Gopher Illustrated have decided to join Scout,” said Joel Cox, EVP of Network Development at Scout.  “Being a Minnesota native, I know how seriously Gopher fans take their sports coverage, and it was critical that we worked hard to bring abroad the best Minnesota Gopher site on the web.”

“I can’t wait to see how excited GI subscribers will be when they experience the added value of the deepest recruiting expert team in our space, combined with the terrific coverage from Zach, Ryan Burns and Ryan James,” Cox added.  “Burns has done a remarkable job turning out top-flight content for the past year, and now it is only going to get better.”

“The Gopher market has really expanded in recent years, and the rest of Gopher sports, particularly the football program, has coincided with that,” said Allen Trieu,’s Midwest Football Recruiting Manager.  “With that in mind, I am thrilled to have Zach and Ryan come on to add to the excellent job that Ryan Burns has done since coming over.  James does an incredible job with hoops coverage and that, coupled with what Burns and Johnson will do with football should give Minnesota faithful a lot to look forward to on”

“It is great to have Ryan James on board at Scout for basketball coverage,” said Evan Daniels,’s Director of Basketball Recruiting.  “Minnesota is a market where we have connections and we will be able to cover at a high level. Bringing James on board will help show that, as he is good at what he does and will bring legitimacy to our Minnesota site.”

“Gopher Illustrated has a reputation of being one of the best sites in Big Ten country,” said Brian Snow, Basketball Recruiting Analyst.  “Now we have the full team back together with Ryan Burns to have one of the best sites on the internet. With the addition of the entire GI staff to our national analysts located within the region such as Allen Trieu, Evan Daniels, Bill Greene, and myself, we expect great things for Gopher fans as they look to move into a new era under Tracy Claeys in football, and continue their rebuild under Richard Pitino in basketball.”

Subscribers who have followed Gopher Illustrated while at Rivals will have the opportunity to transition with them to the network with a very special limited time offer.

Now through Monday night get 3 MONTHS of premium access to for only $9.95! To take advantage of this offer CLICK HERE and select the monthly option.  No code required and your free months will be added to your membership following your 7-day free trial.  Ready to go annual and save big $? Sign up for our annual membership HERE and get 15 months for $99.95!  A savings of nearly $50 dollars!

From July 1-8, any CURRENT MEMBER that upgrades from monthly to a six-month or annual, or a six-month to an annual, will receive any additional three months FREE!

All you need to do is simply click the link, select either a "1-month pass", "6-month pass" or "Annual pass", then NO PROMO CODE IS NEEDED and you'll receive an additional three months free that'll be added on at the end of your subscription. 

You won't miss any latest on news on the Gophers as football recruiting is getting hot and heavy, and Ryan James always has the latest on the basketball front. 

*To take advantage of these offers new subscribers simply need to select their billing preferences (monthly or annual) and will apply the free months on the back-end following the 7-day free trial.  New subscribers will not see the offer on the purchase page or on the receipt, but they will be able to see their “comp time” added after they are billed under “My Account”.

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