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Five who stood out at the Gophers Junior Elite camp on July 17th

Gophers held their final camp of the summer on Sunday at TCF Bank Stadium, and out of all the campers, here are five who stood out.


With a majority of the campers being 2018 recruits today, it's only right that one of the best players there today was a 2019 recruit in Edina's Quinn Carroll. Carroll is extremely impressive physically for his age as he's already 6'6" 275 lbs as kid just going into his sophomore season, which is something you won't see everyday. Looking at him compared to rest of the offensive linemen there today, Carroll is the one with the biggest upside. He has to keep gaining strength, but I'd be willing to bet that the Gophers will be sending an offer to Carroll sooner than later, and with his father being a former Gopher Football player himself, Minnesota would be looking pretty good.


GI already wrote about Lance earlier this summer and one of the Gophers camps, but his performance today as likely the best quarterback there warrants another mention. Minnesota's quarterback coach Jay Johnson was watching Lance closely and working with him consistently during individual time, as there's a lot of athletic upside with Lance. He's also got to keep building strength both on his lower and upper body, but he throws a good ball and moves very well in the pocket. 


Cretin's Charlie Dennis is a recruit with the physical tools to be a division one defensive back. He's got the ideal height and length, plus he runs pretty well for a 2018 guy as well. Dennis has to keep improving on his technique and burst out of his breaks, but he's definitely one to watch. 


Probably the best running back in Minnesota for the to-be junior class is Sartell's John Schmidt. Schmidt is very physically mature as he's got a built physique and is already around 190 lbs. Schmidt looked natural in the individual drills and nothing looked too challenging for him, but where he has to keep improving is in his lateral quickness. Definitely one to watch going forward.

He may not be the tallest, or the biggest, but he may be the fastest player in the 2018 class and that's Marshall's Jefferson Lee. He turned heads running the forty yard dash and did some good things working with Minnesota's RB coach Pat Poore as well. Lee has the quicks to be a good player heading into his junior year. 

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