2017 Parkland (Fla.) offensive lineman Corey Gaynor has committed to play football at the University of Minnesota

2017 Parkland (Fla.) offensive lineman Corey Gaynor has committed to play football at the University of Minnesota after speaking with the Gopher coaching staff on Thursday.


Parkland (Fla.) offensive lineman Corey Gaynor decided to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota over other offers from schools such as Pittsburgh, West Virginia, South Florida, Central Florida, Marshall, Western Kentucky, Florida Atlantic and Florida International among others. 

Gaynor is the eighth football recruit to commit to the Gophers thus far, joining Blaise AndriesEric AbojeiDominik LondonGrant Ryerse, Kyrei Fisher, Javan Hawes and Nathan Bursch


Scout.com has Gaynor rated as a two-star offensive lineman, and here what Florida analyst Corey Bender had to say about Minnesota's newest offensive line commitment.

"Gaynor flashes nastiness and tenacity when suiting up at the guard position, and does a nice job job of laying out the punishment until the play is whistled dead as well; once Gaynor locks onto his opponent, forget about it. The Sunshine State native can continue to work on playing with better pad level and body control moving forward, but does a good job of stunning his opponent at the point of attack. Gaynor's intensity and effort will never have to be questioned. You don't see a whole lot of bad weight when taking a look at Gaynor, but overall, this is a mauler that certainly knows how to finish blocks in the trenches."

Here's what Gaynor told GopherIllustrated about his decision. 

"Minnesota was a place where I really felt I can strive as an athlete, and as a student to reach my highest potential," Gaynor told GopherIllustrated. "My father and I have had a long couple of weeks talking about the school I should attend, and coach Miller, Claeys and Reeves have done a fantastic job recruiting me. What put Minnesota over this other schools, was their love and the brand of football. I really felt like they needed me and wanted me to be apart of their offense. I love their style of offense as well, as Minnesota is a runs it through your face kind of team now. I was on my weekly call with coach Miller and Reeves, and I decided that it was time, so I told them I was ready to be a Golden Gopher, and they went crazy. Their reaction really, really solidified that it was the school for me."

"The Gophers have told me that they want to use me as an inside guy, most likely at either guard spot, and maybe at center," Gaynor explained to Scout.com. "I love that idea as guard is my home, and I probably won't be center with Brett Kitrell now in the fold, and that works for me. My parents are excited for me to leave the state because of all this hot weather gets annoying, but Minnesota will be a huge change and I can't wait. I haven't visited Minnesota just yet, but I'm definitely going to take an official visit there, but I'll also try and get up there before. I'm now effectively shutting down my recruitment as I'm going to be a Gopher. Ski-U-Mah!"

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