Minnesota's Safety Targets

Minnesota will need to replace both starting safeties next year when they graduate. Who is Minnesota recruiting at safety to fill their depth chart?

The projected starting safeties entering this season for the Gophers are both seniors so the Gophers should be able to sell the prospect of playing time to safety recruits. Depending on where the recruits from the 2010 class get slotted for positions, the Gophers will most likely have four scholarship safeties on the roster next year. Minnesota is likely to take one maybe two players to fill the depth chart at safety.

The Golden Gophers got some disappointing news last week when one of their top prospects at safety, Undray Clark, chose Maryland over Minnesota. While the Gopher coaches worked hard to secure a commitment from the 5-foot-11 prospect from Miami, FL, location and a better connection with Terrapin coaches gave Maryland the edge for Clark's commitment.

Although Minnesota lost a prospect from their board, they offered 5-foot-11, 175-pound Rodney Mills from Tampa, FL and instantly became the leader and a favorite to land the stud safety. Mills made 56 tackles and three interceptions last season, despite missing a handful of games because of a shoulder injury. The Gopher coaches have plenty of time to continue to build a relationship with Mills because he doesn't plan on committing until close to signing day, although that may change once he visits Minnesota. He doesn't have an official visit set up yet, but expect Mills to make a visit during the season. As it stands right now, the Minnesota coaches should feel good about their chances to land this Florida safety.

Minnesota has also offered Taj Teague the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete from Pomona, CA. Teague is a versatile athlete who ran for over 1,000 yards and was named First Team All-League on offense and defense last season. An athlete who projects best at safety in college also claims offers from UTEP and New Mexico. It's tough to know where Minnesota sits right now with Teague because he doesn't do many interviews but they should have a solid chance if Teague visits.

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