Top 2009 in-state recruit commits to Minnesota

Just days after Brewster completed his top-20 2008 recruiting class, the No. 1 2009 in-state prospect ended his recruiting process with a Gophers commitment.

Luke Middendorf

Just when Gophers fans had a chance to let the success of the No. 17 ranked 2008 recruiting class sink in, Tim Brewster went and changed their plans.

On Sunday night, Zach Johnson of GopherIllustrated.com broke word that four-star quarterback Moses Alipate, a junior at Bloomington Jefferson High School in Minnesota, verbally committed to the Gophers.

Alipate is already considered the No. 1 prospect out of the state of Minnesota for the class of 2009, and is currently ranked as the 57th best recruit in the 2009 top-100 national ranking on Rivals.com.

The Bloomington, Minn. native is listed as a 6-foot, 5-inch, 235-pound quarterback who excels at both football and basketball. He also had offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Nebraska, Cal and Washington State.

“Yes, I just committed to the U. I am really excited to be a Gopher and it is something I have wanted to do from the start,” Alipate told GopherIllustrated.com. “I really wanted to stay home and be close to my family. I have fallen in love with the U of M and I am excited to be a Gopher. I love coach Brewster and the entire staff at Minnesota. I know they had a great 2008 class and I am hoping to start the same success all over again in 2009.”

Alipate also recently attended the January Army All-American combine in San Antonio, Tex., and impressed many in attendance with the zip on his passes and the way he throws the ball.

He is the second Gophers commitment for the class of 2009, along with offensive lineman and Fergus Falls, Minn., native Josh Campion. Alipate is also the first top-100 ranked recruit for Brewster.