Minnesota's Runningback Targets

After taking a talented trio of prep runningbacks last class, Minnesota has the luxury to be selective this year and lock down a quality runner. With so many offers sent out to runningback prospects there is a good chance the Golden Gophers will land a talented back in this class. Who are some players to keep an eye on?

The Gophers are set up nicely for the future with their top two running backs only juniors and a stellar trio of true freshman. Although they don't need to take a running back in this class, they have certainly sent out offers all around the country looking for a quality back in this class. Many of the prospects with Minnesota offers have already committed or are leaning more towards other schools, but there are still some players who could end up in the Gophers class.

One player the Gophers would love to land is 5-foot-11, 195-pound Darrian Miller. Miller, who was once a Kansas commit recently told Scout.com's Mike Bakas that Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota, Louisville, Wisconsin are schools he is really looking at right.

The key for Minnesota is to get Miller on campus for an official visit in the fall. Until he takes a visit it will be tough to gauge how interested he really is in the Gophers. It is an encouraging though that he still mentions Minnesota as a school he is giving a hard look despite never setting foot on campus.

Miller cites location and playing time as factors that will influence his final. It may be a tough sell for the Gopher coaches to convince Miller he will have the opportunity to get playing time with five runningbacks ahead of him on the depth chart, but they will certainly try.

Coach Tim Brewster recruits the state of Texas well and Houston runningback Jermichael Selders has been targeted by the Gopher coaching staff. Selders seems to be taking the recruiting process slowly up until now and claims to be open to every school that has offered him.

The 5-foot-11, 172-pound back stated in a recent interview that he will likely start to narrow his list of schools down fairly soon and it will be interesting to see what schools make the cut. Minnesota will have some stiff competition for Selders' commitment battling Arkansas, California, and West Virginia.

One committed prospect to keep an eye on is Washington State commit Bishop Sankey. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Sankey committed to the Cougars last Christmas Eve, but he seems to still be listening to what other schools have to offer.

As a junior in 2009, he rushed for 2,011 yards and 17 TDs on 203 carries. It will be interesting to see if Sankey takes any official visits in the fall. If he does visit Minnesota, they will have a great shot with ace recruiter Thomas Hammock handling his recruitment.

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