December 14, 2007

Welcome to Gopher Nation kid

1st off, Wednesday is kind of a big day. JUCO kids can sign with D1 programs beginning on Wednesday. Since the Gophers have commitments from several JUCO transfers this will be a big day.

JUCO Commitments - transfers usually don't have a huge impact on college football programs. But a handful of these kids might play immediately or at least give us some quality depth.

CB - Traye Simmons - 4-STAR - I expect will start at CB from day 1.
Ath/C - David Pittman - 4-STAR - great QB at JUCO level
DB - Tramaine Brock - 3-star
S - Simoni Lawrence - 3-star - also a good chance to start as S or smallish LB
LB - Rex Sharpe 3-star
RB - Maurice Greer
- 2-star - was highly recruited out of high school

Jewhan Edwards - DT

I am really excited about this one. We needed help on the D-Line in the worst way. His talent level really varies depending on what site you look at. He is big and quick off the line. Personally I think based on our lack of talent or any impact on the defensive line that he will play immediately.

Rivals - 3-star, 40th best DT
ESPN Insider - 8th best DT and highest rated gopher recruit
Scout - 3-star and not ranked among DTs.

So that pretty much covers the spread on Edwards. Either he is going to be one of the best DTs in the country or he'll be very average and won't play for a year or two. Edwards essentially picked Minnesota over Syracuse and West Virginia

The Gopher staff continues to rack up recruits, in spite of their awful regular season. Bringing in talent is the first step, then we'll see what Brewster and his staff can do with this talent.

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