Gophers football recruiting diary

Top prospects and those just hoping to get offers soon are considering Minnesota as a destination. Find out updates on six prospects, from Ryan Bain to Brian Robiskie, considering the University of Minnesota football program.

by Chris Pool of, July 27, 2004 at 9:39pm ET

"I actually just got back from Colorado," athlete Quinn Hendel said. "I liked Colorado a lot. The facilities were very good and I loved the campus.

"I also camped at Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Notre Dame. Those five schools are my favorites.

"I don't have an offer right now. All of my favorites are telling me that they want to see senior film of me playing linebacker. I'm not going to play running back at my size. The coaches have all asked me I'd be willing to play fullback or outside linebacker.

"I'm completely open to switching positions. I'm pretty confident that once I get few senior films out, I'll get some offers."

Hendel, a 6-foot-3, 220-pounder from Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata, rushed for 1,268 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2003. He was named honorable-mention all-state.

by Steve Helwagen of, July 27, 2004 at 12:25pm ET

There have been rumors that WR Brian Robiskie (6-3 1/2, 190, 4.5) of Chagrin Falls (Oh.) has been offered by Ohio State. But he said the Buckeyes had not come through with that offer yet. He attended the final two days of OSU‘s second session of the all-position camp.

"I had a chance to work out and do the senior circuit there," said Robiskie, who is the son of former Oakland Raiders running back and current Cleveland Browns offensive coordinator Terry Robiskie. "I have not heard anything directly from them. But my coach was telling me it was worth it to go down there. I think I did a nice job and showed some things there.

"(OSU assistant Mel) Tucker recruits my area. He said he thought I did pretty good. I imagine when they get back into their office I will hear from them."

Robiskie enjoyed his time at Ohio State.

"I really loved it," he said. "I had been down there once before. Their indoor field is really good. I also got a chance to do a few things in their weight room."

Robiskie does have offers from Miami (Fla.), Penn State, Illinois and Indiana. Besides Ohio State, he is also considering USC and Michigan as possible choices.

"I did receive an offer from Miami and they are one of my top choices," Robiskie said. "I didn't get a chance to go down there this summer, but I have been down there. I haven't seen the football aspect that much there. I would say I would take their offer under heavy consideration. I definitely like Miami a lot."

Robiskie also had good things to say about Penn State.

"We had a fullback from here, Sean McHugh, who played at Penn State and just got drafted into the NFL," Robiskie said. "I have heard that the experience there and the coaches there are just unbelievable. I have been there twice with my dad to watch their players work out on pro day. They have a great facility."

The Gophers have also offered Robiskie.

by Kevin Lustgarten of, July 26, 2004 at 12:57pm ET

Offers are starting to roll in for Bobby Jones, a 6-5, 275-pound defensive end at North Dakota State College of Science. NDSCS assistant coach Mike Shafer emailed over the weekend to report offers from Wisconsin and most recently South Carolina. The Wisconsin offer came during Jones' unofficial visit to Madison over the weekend. Jones graduated from Yankton HS in Yankton, South Dakota.

by Andrew Friedman of, July 26, 2004 at 6:39am ET

Height: 6-2
Weight: 262
40 time: 4.7
bench: 400
Squat: 600
Clean: 290
From: Bollingbrook, Indiana
High School: Bollingbrook

Ryan Bain refuses to name a top five or seven, but does say that he plans on having a final ten by summer's end. He already knows who four of those schools will be. "It is safe to say that Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa, and Nebraska will be four of my final ten schools," said Bain.

He has written offers from all four and claims around 20 total. The four-star defensive prospect can play, and is being recruited for a variety of positions. "The only school that has told me specifically that they want me for one position is Purdue. They like me at d-tackle. Most schools tell me that I could play at linebacker, tackle, or d-end. A couple have even talked to me about playing fullback but I would rather stay on defense."

Nebraska is one of the schools that has told Ryan he could play a couple spots. "Coach (Kevin) Cosgrove told me I could start out at linebacker for them but might end up on the defensive line. Coach Blake pretty much told me the same thing. A lot of coaches tell me that I have the frame to get bigger so d-line could be the place for me."

Bain thinks the NU program has it all. "I like everything about Nebraska. As a whole, it is a great place. I really like the coaches and I have always liked the program."

He has not been to any camps this summer but is planning on a couple of unofficial visits in the near future. "I am going to Michigan State next Friday and I will also visit Minnesota for sure. I might also take a trip to Louisville and if I visit there, I will also go to Indiana."

Ryan says that his parents do not have a preference where he goes to school, they just want him to be happy with his choice. His favorite team growing up was Notre Dame. "They used to be my team but since I started high school all of our games have been on Saturdays so I have not had a chance to follow college football much the last few years."

He is hearing very little from the Fighting Irish.

Bain sees himself as a different type of football player. "I am more aggressive than everyone on the field. I play football with a different mindset than other players. I want to work on everything. I don't think that anyone in high school can consider themself great so I want to keep working to become great. I see all these guys with these high rankings and the truth is that some of them will pan out, but the majority don't."

Ryan says that even if he doesn't make it to the league, he wants to always be around the game. "I definitely want to stay around football. Of course I would like to play in the NFL but if I can't, I would like to be a strength and conditioning coach, a graduate assistant, or an agent."

He will now be playing the waiting game as his new high school is built. "I am not even sure when school will start for us. It is supposed to at the end of August but they are building a new, 105 million dollar school that might not be done in time."

Bain carries a 3.1 core GPA and scored a 24 on his ACT.

by Chris Pool of, July 25, 2004 at 5:41pm ET

"I have scholarship offers from Minnesota, Iowa State, Ball State and Northern Illinois," offensive lineman Ryan Ruckdashel said.

"My favorites are Minnesota, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa and Michigan State. If I had to name a leader today, I probably couldn't. I'd say that Minnesota, Michigan State and Iowa are all high on my list.

"I camped at Michigan State recently and they told me that I'm going to get an offer as soon as they have their next staff meeting."

Ruckdashel, a 6-foot-6, 260-pounder from Apple Valley, Minnesota started every game at tackle as a junior and was named all-conference.

Ryan will be a team captain in 2004. He carries a 3.9 GPA and scored 23 on his ACT.

by Chris Pool of, July 24, 2004 at 2:32pm ET

"The University of Wyoming in Laramie has offered me a scholarship," offensive lineman Sam Laudner said. "I didn't go to any camps this summer. I've had a lot of other things going on.

"My favorites are Wyoming, Michigan State, Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa."

Laudner, a 6-foot-5, 260-pounder from Plymouth (Minn.) Wayzata, will be a three-year varsity starter this fall. Sam was named team captain in 2004. He carries a 2.8 GPA in the classroom and scored 20 on his ACT.

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