Projected Class: With the dog days of August upon us, GI takes our best guess at Minnesota's 2017 recruiting class on offense

With the Gophers fall football camp in full swing now, GopherIllustrated takes our best guess at what Minnesota's 2017 recruiting class will look like on the offensive side of the ball.

Quarterback

Projected

http://www.scout.com/player/201024-ty-brock/analysis?year=2016&s=176

Other candidates

http://www.scout.com/player/207415-willie-cherry?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/210532-elijah-walker/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/207093-ryan-glover/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Reasoning

I think there's still a lot of ways that quarterback recruiting can / will go, but here's the option if Minnesota decides to pursue a high school quarterback. These are the four guys that I know that Minnesota has been talking with consistently in the last few weeks, and here's my shot in the dark as to what's next here. My reasoning tells me that Minnesota will go into their season without offering a quarterback, and that they'll wait until the first few weeks of film come out on each. OC / quarterback coach Jay Johnson and staff will review their film, and the Johnson will go see each of the four quarterbacks, or the ones he likes most during Minnesota's bye week in mid-September. I'd imagine that an offer would be extended then after Johnson can see them in person again, but we'll see if my reasoning holds true. 

There's also still a real chance that Minnesota decides to pursue a junior college quarterback to bring in immediate competition for 2017, but it's too far off to be thinking about realistic targets at this time. 

I do say Minnesota takes one quarterback. 

Running back

Already committed:

http://www.scout.com/player/184254-dominik-london/recruiting?year=2016&s...

Projected

http://www.scout.com/player/184254-dominik-london?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/208755-larry-wooden/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Reasoning

Gophers are already happy to lock down the best running back in Minnesota is East Ridge's Dominik London, and now they're looking for another back to join him. Alabama's Larry Wooden isn't a name that's been talked about a lot, but he's someone I know that the Gophers staff is trying to lock down an official visit with here very soon. He's someone the staff saw live at a June satellite camp, and earned an offer there, so watch for Wooden's name here down the line. 

Tight End

Already committed: 

http://www.scout.com/player/205482-nathan-bursch?s=176

Projected signees:

http://www.scout.com/player/205482-nathan-bursch?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/206065-steven-witchoskey/recruiting?year=201...

Reasoning:

Gophers currently have one tight end commit in Woodbury's Nathan Bursch, and again, they're extremely happy with that their getting in the dominant blocking tight end. The comparison I've heard from sources is that Minnesota thinks he's a combination of Brandon Lingen and Maxx Williams. Sources believe he's more than athletic enough to be a threat in the passing game, but he's among the best blocking tight ends that Minnesota has signed in the Claeys era. 

I know that Minnesota wants an H to go with Bursch, and the name I've been hearing a lot of lately is Florida Steven Witchoskey. Gophers are also really interested in now Indiana TE commit Michael Ziemba, so I'd speculate that the next tight end offer goes out to either one of these two.

Wide Receiver

Already committed:

http://www.scout.com/player/209498-javan-hawes/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Projected signees:

http://www.scout.com/player/209498-javan-hawes/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/199828-joshua-johnson/recruiting?year=2016&s...

http://www.scout.com/player/206292-jakyle-holmes/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Reasoning:

Gophers are off to a good start with already one commitment from Georgia's Javan Hawes, who does have some position flexibility to potentially be a defensive back, but he's committed right now as a receiver. I've heard recently from sources that Minnesota could sign up to three wide receivers, and the key for these guys, is Brian Anderson wants recruits in this class who already have experience at the wide out position. Minnesota took three players that project to wide receiver in 2016, but two were high school quarterbacks. Johnson is a very polished route runner as a high school wide receiver, and has told GI he will be taking an official visit to Minnesota this fall, and I expect Minnesota to try and get Holmes on an official visit this fall as well. 

Offensive Line

Already committed: 

http://www.scout.com/player/201919-blaise-andries?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/203413-eric-abojei/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/200860-brett-kitrell/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/206508-corey-gaynor/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

Projected signees:

http://www.scout.com/player/201919-blaise-andries?s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/203413-eric-abojei/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/200860-brett-kitrell/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/206508-corey-gaynor/recruiting?year=2016&s=176

http://www.scout.com/player/208528-arlington-hambright/recruiting?year=2...

Reasoning:

Bart Miller and the Gophers are very close to being done here in offensive line recruiting for 2017, and they've satisfied their needs. Minnesota wanted two tackles (Andires and Abojei), a physical guard (Gaynor) and a center in Brett Kitrell. I have heard that the Gophers may pursue a junior college offensive lineman, and the leading candidate right now is Garden City's Arlington Hambright. Still very early in that realm, but he's the top name to watch right now. 

Total number for 2017 on offense: 13


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