With the dead period looming, the Minnesota Golden Gophers will have a quality official visit weekend to try to position themselves with a few recruits going into the holidays.
London's been committed to the Gophers for quite some time now after really getting on the radar after a very good performance at the Nike combine in Chicago where he finished among the top five running backs. London then impressed the Gopher coaches at their first camp in the summer and earned an scholarship offer that was shortly accepted after that. London is solid to Minnesota.
Hawes earned an offer from Minnesota at a satellite camp during the summer and then committed at the Gophers Summer BBQ after taking an unofficial visit. Hawes also had Claeys and Anderson visit him yesterday and here's what he told GI about his upcoming visit.
"The visit went great. Claeys and Anderson were just talking about Minnesota and my official visit this. Telling me who my host for the visit is and our plans for the weekend. I'm excited to visit!"
Hawes also picked up recent offers from Cincinnati and ECU, but he doesn't have any visits set elsewhere at this time.
Bursch received a Gopher offer after a dominating camp performance at one of Minnesota's camps this summer. Bursch was absolutely dominant on the board drill and is athletic enough down the line to provide potentially a passing game aspect as well.
"I'm really excited for the official visit this weekend as we get to spend time as a 2017 class together, and we get to head to Fogo de Chao. I'm ready to start my time as a Golden Gopher."
Bursch is solid to Minnesota.
Abojei was one of the first two offers that offensive line coach Bart Miller extended when he arrived at Minnesota to this in-state 2017 OL class, and Abojei didn't waste a ton of time before committing to the Gophers. Abojei also camped with Minnesota in the summer and was clearly the best lineman at camp that day.
Abojei is solid to the Gophers.
Andries was the the first commitment for Minnesota in this 2017 class, choosing the Gophers over other schools such as Oklahoma, Nebraska, Arkansas and Florida among others. Andries has never looked back and has been one of the leaders in this 2017 recruiting class in terms of reaching out to other potential targets and trying to convince them to become Gophers.
Andries is firm to Minnesota.
Minnesota needed a center in their 2017 class and they took a chance on Nebraska's Brett Kitrell and it appears to have paid off. Kitrell tore his ACL during his junior year and the Gophers had limited tape, but Miller went down and really liked what he saw from Kitrell in the spring and ended up offering. Kitrell's senior tape was exactly what the Gophers were hoping for from their future center.
Kitrell is firm to Minnesota.
Ryerse was another big get for Minnesota early on, and not often you say that about a kicking prospect. Ryerse really wanted offers from Northwestern and Cal, and ended up earning both, but decided to stay home and play for the Gophers. Ryerse's got a big leg, and hopefully Minnesota's able to redshirt him in 2017 to prepare him to take over either punting or kicking duties.
Ryerse is firm to Minnesota.
SW Mississippi CC quarterback Neil McLaurin received a visit from Gophers quarterback coach Jay Johnson on Wednesday and Minnesota proceeded to set an official visit with him for this weekend because of that visit. If offered, McLaurin would immediately be the most athletic quarterback Minnesota has on the roster, and he'd be an upgrade in the read option for Jay Johnson. McLaurin will have three years to play three, and will likely be a December graduate, so both could be beneficial for Minnesota.
Gophers are going to have to decide if McLaurin is the right fit.
Louisiana athlete Jakyle Holmes has been on the Gophers radar since the spring and Holmes almost visited for Minnesota's BBQ during the summer, which subsequently would have likely ended in a commitment, but Holmes will see Minnesota for the first time this weekend. Holmes has the versatility to play both running back and wide receiver for the Gophers, but he'll likely start out at running back. Holmes did sustain a leg / knee injury late in the season, so Minnesota will have to decide on that this weekend.
If commitable, I expect Holmes to commit to Minnesota shortly after the visit.
Minnesota went and saw Paulson back during the their bye week in September, and TE coach Rob Reeves really liked what he saw from the Western Kentucky TE commit. Since that visit, Minnesota's offered, Paulson's decommitted from Western Kentucky and the Gophers have been the school recruiting Paulson the hardest. They'll have him on campus this weekend along with his family, so Minnesota's hoping to really make a move for the top 40 tight end.
Minnesota offered Michigan safety Jordan Ulmer shortly after seeing him live on their bye week in September, and since that visit, Ulmer has decommitted from Iowa State and is fresh off a Missouri official visit last weekend. Minnesota's had in-home visits with Ulmer and his family in back to back weeks and are hoping to sell him on Minnesota this weekend.
It's unlikely that Ulmer pulls the trigger following the visit as he'll have other visits in January, but Minnesota's trying to get the leg up heading into the holidays.
The Mankato native transferred down to IMG Academy before his senior season, and will be flying back up to Minnesota this weekend. Brock Annexstad is a preferred walk-on offer from Minnesota, and Miami, and as he's a December grad, its looking likely that the Gophers will be adding Annexstad to their class following this weekends visit.
Minnesota has an additional official visitor on campus that arrived last night as well, but we'll address that once he leaves campus.
This one is still not set in stone yet, but it's very possible that New Mexico quarterback Jordan Ta'amu does visit Minnesota this weekend.
It's been quite the week for Minnesota and Ta'amu as Jay Johnson flew down to New Mexico on Monday trying to set an official visit, only to be told that Ta'amu is only going to visit Ole Miss. Then a few days later, Ole Miss fires then offensive coordinator / quarterback's coach and Ta'amu calls Jay Johnson to say he's now "open" and wants to setup an official visit for this weekend. As of last night, the visit to Minnesota has not been set in stone yet, but it's looking like Ta'amu and his parents could arrive late Saturday evening or early Sunday morning. Minnesota's already offered Ta'amu and would love to add him as a December grad to their quarterback stable.
GI will keep you posted on the developments here.