Gopher Recruiting: Defensive Line

Building quality depth and talent along the defensive front is an essential component to a good defense. Although Minnesota brought in four players on the defensive line last, year they will still need to nab some lineman in this class.

It will be interesting to see what direction Minnesota goes in with their defensive line recruiting. Many of the players the Gophers have offered are either committed to another school or don't have much interest in the Maroon and Gold. Here are three players from around the country that the Minnesota staff has offered and would love to land.

The first player is massive defensive tackle Terry Bell from Lakeland, FL. Minnesota was one of the first teams to offer the underrated three-star giant. He has since seen his offer list explode with scholarships from FSU, Georgia, Clemson, Auburn, and Nebraska.

Bell recently released his top five schools and Minnesota was not one of the schools. Bell would have been an absolute steal if Minnesota could have nabbed him from the southeast, but once his freakish tapes started to circulate on the internet, Bell saw his offer list boom.

The staff doesn't seem overly concerned about pursuing defensive tackle prospects after they landed three quality players last year.

Jesse Hayes is an uncommitted defensive end that the Gopher staff will need to work over-time for, if they want a chance to land him. Hayes stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 230 pounds.

He has offers from Nebraska, California, Tennessee, Wisconsin, Minnesota and a host of other top programs. It's tough to guess where Minnesota sits in relation to other schools he is considering because he keeps his top list of schools to himself. Bo Pelini and Nebraska are a school to watch out for here.

While he isn't in the media much Roy Robertson is one defensive end Minnesota should have a decent chance at. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder from Grand Prairie, TX claims offers from Minnesota, Arkansas, Texas Tech, and UTEP.

Robertson seems to be garnering more interest from schools in the south which might make it more difficult for Minnesota to pull him up north. It will be interesting to see if Minnesota can convince Robertson to take an official visit to check out the Maroon and Gold.

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