Gophers football recruiting diary

Camps are slowing down for the summer and some high school athletes are narrowing their list of prospective schools. In this update, we look at one who committed elsewhere, one who could be moving out of Minnesota and one who is reviewing his camp experiences.

PLEDGES MAC SCHOOL
by Chris Pool of TheInsiders.com, July 21, 2004 at 9:18pm ET


"I committed to Northern Illinois," said offensive lineman Kevin Skatrud.

"My first choice was Madison (Wisconsin), but they weren't going to offer me a scholarship and I just felt that I'd fit in at a smaller campus and town at Northern Illinois.

"I was also looking at Minnesota, Illinois and Western Michigan."

Skatrud, will be a three-year varsity starter in 2004. He was named all-area in 2003. He'll play tackle for the Huskies.


SLOW DRAW, GOOD PUNCH
by Allen Wallace of TheInsiders.com, July 19, 2004 at 7:59pm ET


Minnesota DL Nedward (Ned) Tavale (6-2, 301, 5.3) from St. Paul Cretin-Derham favors Iowa State and Illinois slightly over Minnesota. All have offered. "I don't mind leaving the state, I'd prefer it actually," said Tavale. "I'm trying to look toward the West Coast. I'm not dying for it, but that's where I'd like to go; I've got family there. Also, West Coast defense is quicker than East Coast defense.

"I wouldn't mind going to any of those schools (his favorite three); I'm really looking for a school with a good political science or criminal justice program. They all look good there."

Born in Salinas (lived in California for less than a year), this California native hopes to hear from some West Coast schools such as San Diego State Fresno State or USC. He also likes his childhood favorite, Notre Dame.

"I went to the USC camp — that could be a school I'd like to go to and hopefully I'll hear from them. I'm also really hoping to hear from Notre Dame. They're like a dream school.

"I'm quick getting off the ball. I've got a good punch off the ball. I also have good footwork. Our coaches work on footwork a lot.

"I could use work on my hands, my hands are pretty slow."

Ned says he doesn't expect to make a decision until after the season.


SIX SCHOOLS TOP WISH LIST
by Chris Pool of TheInsiders.com, July 17, 2004 at 7:53am ET


Chase Mudd, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound outside linebacker from Maple Grove, Minn., is a prospect to watch in 2004.

Mudd will be a three-year varsity starter this fall. He played safety as a sophomore and as a junior and will move to linebacker for his senior season.

"I'm being recruited as a linebacker," Mudd said. "So I'll be able to get some experience there this year and I'll also be able to show the colleges what I can do.

"I don't have any scholarships yet. I camped this summer at Wisconsin, Iowa State, Minnesota and Nebraska.

"My favorites are Wisconsin, Nebraska, Iowa State, Illinois, Indiana and Northern Illinois."

Chase had 85 tackles and two interceptions as a junior. He carries a 2.6 GPA in the classroom and he scored an 18 on his ACT. He also letters in track.

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