Gophers announce 2011 recruiting class

John Hageman

Despite getting a late start on the recruiting trail, Gophers football coach Jerry Kill managed to hold on to most of the top high school prospects that had made previous verbal commitments to ousted coach Tim Brewster.

Wednesday was college football’s national signing day, and by early afternoon Kill had received signed letters of intent from quarterback Max Shortell of Bishop Miege (KS) High School, Holy Family linebacker and Minnesota’s Mr. Football Peter Westerhaus, Mahtomedi offensive lineman Tommy Olson, Edina wide receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts, Rosemount offensive lineman Joe Bjorklund and Moorpark (Calif.) High School linebacker Quinn Bauducco.

All six are rated as three-star (out of five) prospects by the recruiting site, Rivals.com. The Gophers’ 2011 class features no players listed on that site’s top 100 list, and none rated higher than three stars.

Minnesota, Indiana, Northwestern and Purdue are the only Big Ten teams without a four- or five-star recruit in their 2011 class.

Kill is scheduled to hold a 3:00 p.m. press conference to discuss the signing day results.

2011 GOLDEN GOPHER FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown/Previous School

Michael Amaefula

DE

6-2

218

Arlington, Texas/Bowie HS

Quinn Bauducco

LB

6-3

225

Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS

Joe Bjorklund

OL

6-5

285

Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount HS

Foster Bush

OL

6-5

270

Menasha, Wis./Menasha HS

Josh Campion*

OL

6-5

320

Fergus Falls, Minn./Fork Union Military

Thieren Cockran

DE

6-6

210

Homestead, Fla./Homestead HS

Devin Crawford-Tufts

WR

6-2

180

Edina, Minn./Edina HS

Quentin Gardener

WR

6-0

190

Denton, Texas/Guyer HS

Drew Goodger

TE

6-5

234

Shawnee Mission,, Kan./Northwest HS

Ge’Shun Harris*

WR

6-3

210

Corona, Calif./Arizona Western College

Chris Hawthorne*

K

6-4

180

Raleigh, N.C./North Carolina State

Marcus Jones*

DB

5-8

170

Wake Forest, N.C./Rolesville, N.C.

Grayson Levine

DB

5-11

195

Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS

Jephete Matilus

LB

6-1

218

Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic HS

Kyle McAvoy

OL

6-5

293

Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington HS

Luke McAvoy

OL

6-5

278

Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington HS

Steven Montgomery

DB

5-10

184

Miramar, Fla./Miramar HS

Tommy Olson

OL

6-4

275

Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi HS

John Rabe*

TE

6-4

245

Iowa Falls, Iowa/Ellsworth CC

Max Shortell

QB

6-6

215

Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege HS

Derrick Wells

DB

6-0

180

Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh HS

Peter Westerhaus

LB

6-3

205

Chanhassen, Minn./Holy Family HS

*already enrolled

 

2011 Recruited Walk-Ons

Name

Pos.

Ht.

Wt.

Hometown/Previous School

Jon Christenson

OL

6-4

275

Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka HS

 

Ernie Heifort

TE

6-5

225

Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji HS

Peter Mortell

P

6-2

193

Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy

 

David Platner

K

6-0

160

Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS

Luke Trucilla

ATH

6-0

190

Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep HS

 

Source: gophersports.com

–Andrew Baker