Cretin's Shady Salamon is First Gopher Commit

Shady Salamon, a 5-foot-10, 175-pound running back from St. Paul (MN) Cretin Derham Hall, has become the first Gopher football commitment for the Class of 2008. Salamon led Cretin Derham Hall to a 10-1 mark and runner-up finish in Section 4, Class AAAAA as a junior. Salamon is one of four Raider players to receive a scholarship offer and he committed after visiting the campus this past weekend.

Shady Salamon finished with 114 carries for 834 yards (7.3 yards per carry) with 16 touchdowns. He caught 28 passes for 288 yards (10.3 per reception) and three touchdowns. He was selected as an honorable mention Associated Press All-State selection.

Salamon also participated in the long jump and triple jump on the Raider track and field team.

Salamon told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that playing near home at Minnesota was the right choice for him.

"I just loved the idea of playing in my home state and representing my home state," he said. "The staff is unbelievable. The atmosphere they have created is really exciting. They're just excited to get this thing going and put us on the map."

Salamon had attended a camp last year and had meet new Minnesota running backs coach Thomas Hammock, who was at Northern Illinois at the time. The two formed a relationship that helped the Gophers land their first commitment.

"I already have a really good relationship with Coach Hammock and the whole staff. I have a lot of faith in what they're saying. They said their goal is to win the Big Ten championship and to go to the Rose Bowl right away. I absolutely believe that's possible."

Salamon had also received a scholarship offer from Missouri.

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