Naples (Fla.) Golden Gate safety Claudin Cherelus decided to pull the trigger on a scholarship offer from the University of Minnesota over other offers from schools such as Northern Illinois, Massachusetts, Samford and South Dakota.
Cherelus is the eleventh football recruit to commit to the Gophers thus far, joining Blaise Andries, Eric Abojei, Dominik London, Grant Ryerse, Kyrei Fisher, Javan Hawes, Corey Gaynor, Joshua Croslen, Brett Kitrell and Nathan Bursch.
Scout.com has Croslen rated as a two star safety, and here's what Florida analyst Corey Bender had to say tonight about Minnesota's newest commit.
"Possessing intriguing size and length at nearly 6-foot-2, 195 pounds, Cherelus passes the eye test and is equipped with prototypical size in the back end of the defense. He plays that physical brand of football, and does a nice job of coming downhill to deliver the blow to the ball carrier.
Cherelus can continue to work on wrapping up rather than throwing a shoulder, but either way, you have to like his willingness to get his nose dirty in the open field. He's a kid that's always on the lookout for contact. Cherelus also flashes good acceleration and picks up ground in a hurry.
Cherelus can continue to work on his overall ability in pass coverage, as well as his change of direction and ability to flip his hips and run, but there's also a lot to like with this Florida native. He plays with the mindset of another linebacker in the box."
Here's what Cherelus told GopherIllustrated this evening.
"I actually made my decision a couple of days ago," Florida safety Claudin Cherelus said to Gopher Illustrated. "I messaged coach Sherels and Sawvel on Twitter and told them I was ready, and Sawvel and I have been messaging a lot since then. Minnesota had been my top school since they offered, and I decided to call coach Claeys tonight and make the decision. We started by talking about my family and how things have been, and then he asked me if I had any questions, and I just told him I wanted to commit. He was really excited and told me that I made his night."
"Coach Sherels and I really had just hit it off since they offered me and I feel really comfortable with him," Cherelus explained to Scout.com. "I also know all about how well Sawvel has done with defensive backs and how they're going to the league. I'm 6'2" 200 lbs right now, and Minnesota sees me as a safety right now. I could potentially grow into a linebacker, but they're starting me as a safety. My mom is good with me going to Minnesota, as she supports my decision. I have a brother who plays college football in Ohio, so that helps too. It sounds like I'll be taking my official visit there in October, and while I don't want to say my recruitment is completely over, but I'm pretty confident in my decision."