Gophers Camp / Recruiting Weekend preview

With the Gophers last two summer camps this weekend, but their annual recruiting barbecue as well, it's time for Gopher Illustrated to tell you what you need to know about this important July weekend.

Saturday Campers to Watch

Bolden holds a couple of power five offers right now from Washington State and Syracuse, and is camping this weekend in hopes for earning an in-state offer from the Golden Gophers. Minnesota is looking at him as a safety, so he'll have to impress defensive coordinator Jay Sawvel among others.

Gindorff camped with the Gophers in early June and worked as a tight end for the first time in his career, as he plays tight end and defensive end for his high school. Gindorff is certainly athletic enough to play Big Ten football to me, but he's very raw still. We'll see how much he's progressed from the June camp to this one tomorrow.

Carlson is the biggest unknown coming into this Gopher camp on Saturday. He just won the 200m, triple jump and high jump last month at the state track championships, and the Minnesota staff is very interested to see if Carlson could be the next Eric Murray for Minnesota, or if his future is more on the track side of things.

This Texas interior offensive lineman will take an unofficial visit to Minnesota today, and camp with the Gophers tomorrow. Both OL coach Bart Miller and OL GA Lee Grimes have been in contact with Davis after watching his film, and he's definite candidate for an offer as the Gophers search for two more interior offensive linemen in their 2017 class.

The Hopkins defensive end holds early offers from Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota State, and the Gophers staff is interested in getting an extended live look at the lengthy defensive end. Mafe will likely be a standout in the combine portion of camp, so it'll come down to the one on one's for him.

Mister do it all for Triton is Leif Bungum is another recruit that the Gophers staff is anxious to evaluate live as he's a tall, lengthy defensive back with good speed. He holds an offer from North Dakota.

The Eden Prairie defensive end showed out at the Gophers camp last summer as a sophomore, and just hasn't seen his recruitment take off as of yet. Another good showing could be a catalyst for that this weekend.

BBQ attendees



Moore is the latest addition to this BBQ list as he and his mother visited Mizzou on Thursday, Iowa State this afternoon and will be on campus tomorrow. The number five outside linebacker in Texas holds offers from the Gophers, Arizona State, Arkansas, Missouri, Texas Tech, Illinois and Iowa State among others, plus his older brother is currently on roster at Texas A&M. Moore is an early enrollee as well, so know that linebackers coach Mike Sherels will be doing all he can to make a great first impression on Saturday.

The Gopher legacy recruit will be on campus for the first time since attending the Minnesota Junior Elite camp last July. Douglas is the son for former Minnesota receiver Omar Douglas, who scored five touchdowns against Purdue in 1993. Douglas grew up and played for Wayzata until he and his family moved to Oregon. Since then, he's picked up Oregon and Oregon State offers among others, but comes back home this weekend with his family to see campus against as a priority recruit. Minnesota would love for Douglas to enter the fold before the end of the month.

Croslen and his mother fly up to Minneapolis today from the great state of Texas, where Croslen is ranked in the top 50 in the country at defensive tackle. Minnesota is his biggest offer to this point, and Croslen has told GopherIllustrated that he wants to commit prior to his high school season, so things are trending up for Minnesota.

Georgia wide out Javan Hawes received a Gopher offer after the Minnesota staff attended a satellite camp in Georgia last month. Hawes and his family arrived in Minneapolis yesterday, and I'd be surprised if Hawes wasn't a Golden Gopher commit before the weekend ends.

Sunday Campers to Watch

2018 Chicago defensive tackle Elijah Teague camps with the Gophers this weekend after already holding two early power-five offers from Iowa State and Kansas. He's certainly one defensive lineman the Gophers will have a close eye on.

2019 Edina (Minn.) offensive lineman Quinn Carroll is likely going to be one of the top players in the state very soon. He was very impressive at the Minnesota Big Man camp in July, and he's also the son of former Gopher Jay Carroll.

2018 OL Bryce Kennedy from Virginia (Minn.) did some good things at Minnesota's Junior elite camp last July as a freshman, and is one of the early candidates to watch for a potential Gopher offer.

2018 OL Manny Alvarez will be another one to watch closely here on Sunday.

2018 Becker (Minn.) OL Nick Radunz is the younger brother of 2016 NDSU OL signee Nick Radunz, and can do some good things along the line as well.

Caledonia's Owen King is another 2018 in-state recruit that the Gophers staff will be watch closely, as he's arguably the best 2018 quarterback in the state.


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