Gophers football recruiting diary

Two Gopher football interests have made choices other than Minnesota and another says he wants to make his decision soon. Find out where things stand with Glen Mason and company's efforts in recruiting for the Class of 2005.

Jonathan Linder of, July 13, 2004 at 6:44am ET

Paul Backowski has committed to Indiana, according to the St. Cloud Times.

Backowski, a 6-foot-7, 250-pound offensive lineman, told the paper he chose the Hoosiers over finalists Minnesota and Northwestern.

Jonathan Linder of, July 11, 2004 at 11:19pm ET

Eric Vandenheuvel, a massive offensive tackle from Hudson, Wis., wants to make his college decision pretty soon.

"Before the high school football season," the 6-foot-7, 335-pounder said of his timetable for a decision. "Probably some time early August."

Vandenheuvel has only one scholarship offer, so if his August decision holds other interested schools will need to bring an offer to the table soon.

Vandenheuvel said his favorite right now is "probably Wisconsin… since they've shown the most interest in me and they offered after camp. It's close, it's a great school, it's got a great football program—what's not to like? So they are probably on the top of the list right now."

After the Badgers, Vandenheuvel said Minnesota and Notre Dame are neck-and-neck for his No. 2 slot. He is also receiving regular interest from Iowa, Northern Illinois and North Dakota State.

"I'm not really expecting (any other offers soon) but I am keeping in touch with the U of M," Vandenheuvel said. He added that he plans to call Minnesota interior line coach Gordon Shaw, who has been recruiting him for the Gophers, in the next couple days.

Wisconsin offensive line coach Jim Hueber is recruiting Vandenheuvel for the Badgers, while Notre Dame defensive line coach Greg Mattison is handling this recruit for the Irish.

Vandenheuvel carries a 3.6 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Hudson and has scored a 26 on his ACT.

MAKES HIS CHOICE of, July 9, 2004 at 10:21am ET

Quarterback Jarrett Brown has committed to play football at West Virginia. Brown chose WVU over interest from Big Ten schools such as Iowa and Minnesota, and also over NC State.

Jonathan Linder of, July 9, 2004 at 12:17am ET

Raymond Henderson, a defensive end from Oak Creek, Wis., could not remember his complete list (which he estimated at about 20), but told he had scholarship offers from Miami, LSU, Tennessee, Notre Dame, Iowa, Penn State, Nebraska, Indiana, Minnesota, UCLA, Ohio State, Arkansas and Northwestern.

"I believe before my season starts I'm hoping to have it down to five," Henderson said, adding that those five would then receive official visits.

In the past, Henderson has taken unofficial visits to Iowa, Notre Dame and Wisconsin (he attended a Badger football game last fall), but this summer has only made one trip.

"The only thing I did this summer was go to the University of Miami for an unofficial," he said. "That turned out pretty nice."

Henderson will participate in Oak Creek's team camp in Oak Creek July 27 and will also attend a team camp at UW-River Falls (a Division III school) before high school practices begin in August.

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