Gophers Lose Former Verbal Commitment

A former Gopher verbal withdrew his commitment this weekend after visiting a rival.

Brad Thorson, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive lineman from Homestead (Mequon, Wis.) High School, has decommitted from Minnesota and committed to Wisconsin after taking a visit to Madison this weekend, his mother told Monday.

 Thorson was named first-team Milwaukee Journal Sentinel All-Area squad and 2005 Wisconsin Football Coaches Association All-State and was an Associated Press All-State second-team selection this year. He led the Highlanders to a 12-1 mark, losing to eventual champion Racine Park in the Division 1 semifinals this season. 

Thorson originally committed to the Gophers during a visit to Minnesota in December.

He had received an offer from Western Michigan and several Division II schools and had been accepted by Yale and possibly Princeton. Thorson attended the Northern Illinois, Minnesota, Northwestern and Wisconsin day football camps and also went to Boston College and Yale camps.

Thorson also throws the shot put and discus and used to wrestle, although he did not participate on the team this season to "continue to get ready for college."

After visiting Minnesota, Brad's father, Brian, said the Gophers "treated us kindly and have a great staff of coaches." Thorson has played center, guard and tackle during his high school career.

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