Gophers wanted speed in Florida

Big 10 schools always make it a big priority to spend a lot of time recruiting the state of Florida because of the speed down here. Minnesota took advantage of that this year.

The Gophers currently have three commitments from the state of Florida, and two of them were athletic playmakers.

Ryan Santoto is one of the biggest kickers you'll ever see at the high school level. At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, he was still very good at Pace High in the Panhandle over the last few seasons. He has a tremendous leg, and was a major weapon for them. An Under Armour All-American, Santoso committed to Minnesota back in December, and should be a big weapon for their special teams units.

Eric Carter committed to the Gophers back in October. The Lakeland (Lake Gibson) standout was extremely productive at the prep level. He caught a lot of passes and a lot of touchdowns, and was often at his best against the toughest competition. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Carter is dynamite in the open field and should be able to carve out a role in the slot early in his career. He's also someone to keep an eye on as a return specialist.

Rayfield Dixon has ideal size at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, and while his top end speed and athleticism may have prevented the Florida schools from recruiting him, he still has plenty of it. The Seminole Ridge standout has experience playing cornerback, safety, and outside linebacker. He likely projects as a strong safety in college. He likes to hit, and made a lot of plays, showing a good knack for being around the football the last couple seasons in high school.

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