Minnesota's Cornerback Targets

The Gopher coaches signed two cornerbacks last year so they will be looking to add a couple more this recruiting cycle. There are some very talented, highly sought-after corners with interest in Minnesota, but they won't be easy pulls.

Minnesota has sent out a plethora of offers to talented cornerbacks around the country. The Gophers will lose projected starter Ryan Collado to graduation after the season leaving them with only four scholarship corners heading into next season. Two of those four will be upperclassman so Minnesota will want to bring in some cornerbacks this class to groom for the future. Here are four prospects that may find their way into Maroon and Gold.

One prospect the Gophers are after is Ohio cornerback Tamani Carter. Iowa, Stanford, Kent State, Air Force, and Arizona have all offered Carter, along with Minnesota. The 5-foot-11, 180-pound three-star corner had a tremendous season for Pickerington Central High School intercepting five passes and compiling 48 tackles.

Location of the school is a factor Carter will take into consideration when he picks a school. The distance of Stanford, Air Force, and Arizona may prove to be too far Carter, leaving Iowa, Kent State, and Minnesota as possible destinations closer to home.

Darius Hillary is a wanted man. He has tallied offers from Michigan, Wisconsin, Stanford, Boston College, Minnesota and numerous scholarships from other schools. The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder should start to narrow down his potential list of schools soon. He plans on taking five official visits so it is crucial that the Gophers lock down one of his visits if they want to continue to have a shot at the Cincinnati, OH prospect.

The Golden Gophers seem to be going hard after Fort Lauderdale, FL cornerback Corey Tindal. In a recent interview Tindal mentioned that the Gophers were one of the teams that was recruiting him the hardest. He also mentioned he should be narrowing down his top teams which will likely include Minnesota.

Tindal plays both offense and defense in high school compiling 500 rushing yards, 250 receiving yards, 45 tackles, 3 interceptions and 2 field goal blocks last season. Marshall is one team the Gophers will have to contend with if they want to land Tindal. Marshall head coach Doc Holliday has proven consistently that he is one of the best recruiters in the nation when going after a prospect from southern Florida.

Texas cornerback Bennett Okotcha has offers from Wisconsin, Wake Forest, Baylor, and Minnesota. The 5-foot-10 defensive back claims to be open and is taking the recruiting process slowly. He attended camps throughout Texas and Oklahoma performing well at each stop.

One positive for Minnesota is distance won't be a factor when Okotocha decides on his school. Expect each of the four schools that have offered him a scholarship to receive a visit before he decides.

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