Cretin T Nedward Tavale is High on Gopher Radar

Nedward Tavale, a 6-foot-2, 305-pound offensive tackle from St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham-Hall, attended last Saturday's Minnesota-Iowa game along with several Raider teammates. Tavale is considered one of the top linemen in the state and already has three visits set. He will visit Minnesota on Dec. 3.

Nedward Tavale is a three-year varsity starter for one of Minnesota's top prep programs. He started at strong tackle as a sophomore and played both strong tackle and defensive tackle as a junior. Tavale was named honorable mention all-state in 2003. He had 48 solo tackles as a junior and 22 tackles, four for a loss, two sacks and one interception.

Tavale will make his first visit to Minnesota on Dec. 3. He will visit Iowa State Dec. 10 and Illinois Dec. 17.

Tavale told me that Oregon and Washington are also in the mix, although they have yet to make an offer or set up a visit.

Cretin-Derham Hall co-head coach Mike Scanlan said that Tavale has extended in family in California and that if he does not stay close to home, that one of the Pac-10 schools is a possibility.

Minnesota is also recruiting Cretin teammates Reggie Rock (who will also visit 12/3) and Rafael Eubanks (12/17). The Gophers have offered both players and have already extended scholarship invites to Cretin juniors Kimuel Royston and Matt Carufel.

The Gophers also have former Cretin players Brody Grandas, Seth Thompson, Rian Melander and Kevin Salman on the roster.

Iowa State has former high school teammate and ex-Gopher Scott Stephenson on their roster. Stephenson transferred from Minnesota to Iowa State last offseason and is sitting out this year.

Cretin finished the season 8-4 this season with a 34-27 comeback loss to Wayzata in last Friday's quarterfinals. The Trojans scored the last 21 points of the game to end the Raiders' season.

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