Eight 2017 Minnesota recruits to watch for a Golden Gopher football offer

With high school football just about a month away from fall camp starting, here are eight in-state players to keep an eye on for a potential Golden Gopher football offer down the line.


Caledonia's Ezekiel Ott was one of the stars at Minnesota's Junior Elite camp last summer as his motor and burst off the line were something to watch, even though at around 215 lbs, he was holding his own, or beating guys on the board who had over 60-70 lbs on him. Ott then was the state leader in sacks before a knee surgery caused him to miss the rest of the 2015 season. The Gophers staff is keeping a close eye on Ott's progress throughout the summer here, and if Ott can prove he's 100% healthy, and as explosive at 230+ lbs now, I think there's a good chance that the Gophers pull the trigger on an offer for Ott. 


Rushford Peterson's Noah Carlson is one of the biggest mystery's in the state, but there's certainly no doubting his athletic abilities. Carlson won three events at the latest Minnesota HS track and field championships in the triple jump, long jump and 200m. Carlson is around 6'1", and will likely tear up the combine testing at the Gophers camp later this month. The question remains on how he'll do during the football portion of the camp. Carlson is going to be raw coming from a small school, but if he can some Claeys and staff that he's willing to be physical and work hard, I think Carlson's got a chance to workout as a defensive back.


The Crosby tight end now holds multiple FCS offers, including NDSU and Northern Iowa, plus a Wyoming offer, but the one he wants most is that Minnesota offer. Gindorff camped with the Gophers earlier in June and worked out for the first time at TE in his career, as he plays quarterback and defensive end in high school. Athletically, Gindorff is a very good athlete, but he has to keep getting stronger. He needs to show improvement on the boards and in his route running, and if he can do both of those, I think he'll be though for the Gophers to pass up.


Mafe is another interesting name to watch at the Gophers camp later this month. He holds early offers from North Dakota, Wyoming and South Dakota State, and basically every where he's camped thus far, he's been offered. He's got a big frame and showcased some good athleticism at the Nike Opening camp in Chicago earlier this year, and with Minnesota looking for DE's, Mafe will have a chance to earn his spot later this month. 


Bolden holds a few FBS offers from Washington State, Syracuse and Wyoming among others, and he really wants a chance to earn a Gopher offer later this month. Bolden is 100% a "tweener" in terms of position as I'm not sure he's big enough / his frame will get big enough for him to be an outside linebacker in college, which means he's going to be a big safety at nearly 6'3". He's going to have to test well and really put on a show for Jay Sawvel in the secondary at camp if he wants that coveted Minnesota offer.


Bolden's teammate at Woodbury high school in Jeremiah Coddon could be the best senior wide receive in the state. Coddon tested well at the Gophers camp in June at nearly 6'2", and is a guy to watch as he progresses throughout his senior season. Coddon's transitioning from the basketball court, to the football field, and also has some work to do in the classroom yet. If the Woodbury wide receiver has a breakout senior season, don't count me as one that would be surprised. 


Hopkins WR Deyon Campbell may be the fastest player in the state. There's zero doubts about his straight-line speed and how he can stop on a dime and explode out of his cuts. Campbell's question is with his size as he's only 5'7", and he's got to sure up some things with his hands as well. If Campell does end up at a school like NDSU, I think he'll go on to have a great career.


After camping with Minnesota in June, Rousemiller did not receive a Gopher offer, but I've also heard that he didn't cross himself off the list either. The staff is searching for some interior OL to go with Blaise Andries and Eric Abojei at tackle, and if Rousemiller has a stellar senior season, the staff will absolutely give him another look. 

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