Things just continue to look up for Minnesota on the recruiting front. The Gophers had a very good class in 2002, and 2003 was just as good.
Judging by the amount of players on the pre-season All-Big Ten and top players list it looks like someone in Minneapolis is doing a great job of evaluating talent.
Glen Mason, give or take a few prospects, has done a very good job at keeping his in-state talent home.
Minnesota has a verbal commitment right now from one of the top linebacker prospects in the Midwest, Jim Laurinaitis.
The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder from Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata looked solid on film and should be a very productive football players for the Gophers in the near future.
Laurinaitis, for his size, is quick and athletic. He has the speed to cover ground from sideline to sideline and he's extremely productive in between the tackles.
You could definitely tell that Laurinaitis was the leader of the defense and his teammates fed off his passion for the game.
Laurinaitis decided to commit to Minnesota because of his love for the Gopher football program and his closeness to the Barber family. Both Marion and Dominique are playing for Glen Mason and Minnesota.
We hope to have film of Jim Laurinaitis up on this site in the very near future.
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