Cibolo (Texas) Steele defensive tackle Joshua Croslen decided to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota over other offers from schools such as Houston, Colorado State, Bowling Green, Louisiana-Monroe, North Texas, Rice, SMU and Texas State among others.
Croslen is the tenth football recruit to commit to the Gophers thus far, joining Blaise Andries, Eric Abojei, Dominik London, Grant Ryerse, Kyrei Fisher, Javan Hawes, Corey Gaynor, Brett Kitrell and Nathan Bursch.
Scout.com has Croslen rated at the 48th best defensive tackle in the USA, and here's what Texas analyst Gabe Brooks said about Croslen tonight.
"Croslen projects best as an even-front one-gap tackle at the college level. He flashes a quick first step and is a natural penetrator. Croslen has a limited ceiling from a physical standpoint simply because he lacks ideal height, but he is fairly long-armed and there's some space on him to add bulk. At times, he's quick off the ball, but that get-off isn't always there. That said, his aforementioned first step is almost always there, so combined with improved get-off consistency, he should be very good as a penetrating interior lineman in an even front."
"Adjusting to the P5 level is always a consideration, but it's worth noting that Croslen is accustomed to Class 6A ball in Texas. The San Antonio area isn't as deep with talent as Dallas and Houston, but it's still very good for high school competition."
Here's what Croslen told GopherIllustrated this evening.
"I have been talking to my parents and I knew after my recent Minnesota visit, that I wanted to go there," Croslen said to GopherIllustrated. "You know, we just had to talk and go over things and make sure I was 100% on my decision, and I was, so I just decided to do it now. I called head coach Tracy Claeys tonight and told him, and the phone call didn't last very long. He was happy and told me he was glad and thought it was a good fit for both me and the school."
"As far as the biggest reason I wanted to be a Gopher, I just knew that it was the school I wanted to go to. I didn't find anything wrong with it when I went up there and had a great feeling about the school after visiting. The Gophers staff has told me that they want to use me as a defensive tackle that's able to move around inside, and that sounds good to me. I don't really plan on visiting any other schools now, as I'm focused on my senior year. My parents are completely okay with my decision too. Go Gophers!"