Football recruiting is massive and hard to keep track of. For those of you who don't pay attention to recruiting on a daily basis I want to give you a quick snapshot.
We are about in the same spot we were a year ago. At this point in 2007 we had 4-star locked up, a handful of 3-star kids mostly from Minnesota and many athletes from around the country putting the Gophers on their short lists. To date in 2008 we have a 4-star locked up, a handful of 3-star in state kids and many studs from around the country mentioning the Gophers along with Ohio State, Florida, Michigan, Georgia, etc.
I sense some anxiousness and eagerness to get more commitments this summer, but as I looked back the bulk of our commitments came in September thru November. So the hope is to just get on the radar of kids and stay in the hunt.
For Tim Brewster to land a second consecutive top 25 recruiting class winning will be an absolute necessity. You can sell kids on playing time and building for future championships while you generate a 1 win season for a little bit but eventually they'll tune you out for teams who are actually winning. Brewster doesn't have to win the Big Ten, but showing improvement and demonstrating that you actually are building something will go a LONG way towards winning recruiting battles with the traditional big dogs.
With that said here is a brief snapshot of who we have, who we are after and who this guy desperately wants to see wearing a Gopher hat come signing day.
|Hasan Lipscomb||RB||5'11", 201||4||Houston, TX (Cypress Ridge)||Nebraska, TexA&M, Baylor, ISU|
|Moses Alipate||QB||6'5", 235||3||Bloomington, MN (Jefferson)||Wash St, Colorado|
|Josh Campion||OL||6'5", 265||3||Fergus Falls, MN||interest from Wis, Notre Dame, Michigan|
|Victor Keise||WR||6'1", 160||3||Coral Springs, FL (N. Broward)||interest from NC St, Miami, Conn|
|Ed Olson||OL||6'6", 270||3||Mahtomedi, MN||N. Ill, interest from PennSt, Mich, Col, Ill|
|Nick Rengel||TE/WR||6'3", 225||none||Sartell, MN||Buffalo, UCF, N Ill, NDSU|
Lipscomb and Alipate highlight the recruiting class thus far.
ESPN Insider has Lipscomb on their top 150 watch list and had this to say...
Follows his blocks well and runs with good vision. Shows good lateral quickness and outside speed stretching the zone run and turning the corner. Can be shifty through the initial traffic flashing good stop-start skill and body control making defenders miss. Shows a burst and sneaky extra gear when he finds an open seam. Not a burner, but displays good speed in the second level to separate.As a junior Lipscomb rushed for 26 TDs on 1,625 yards. He is originally from New Orleans but was displaced because of Hurricane Katrina. Because of his New Orleans roots, LSU pursued but never offered.
Alipate is the flagbearing Minnesota kid of 2009. The QB from Jefferson is kind of an intriguing recruit. His high school team was not very successful and he didn't put up great numbers. But when at camps and other opportunities to show his skills he usually does very well. As a junior he was invited to the Under Armor Junior Combine in January, which says a lot about his talent and upside. Scout has him as a 4-star recruit and ESPN can't say enough good things about him.
For a pocket passer with the great size that Alipate possesses, he is a really good athlete with some footwork and movement skills you don't see from a dropback passer. He is very competitive, shows solid overall natural tools and a strong arm.It should be fun to see him compete with 2008's QB recruit, MarQueis Gray, to lead the Dunbar Spread into the Rose Bowl.
Overall, Alipate's competitiveness is evident and he has the measurables, arm and athleticism to become an excellent player at the next level. He could play in the spread and could also play as a pure drop back guy which gives him some real versatility and value.
Gopher Nation Wish List...
|1||Michael Carter||CB||5'11", 154||4||Pompano Beach, FL||FL, Clem, Georgia, Miami, Aub and others||cousin to Tyrone Carter|
|2||Ra'Shede Hageman||TE||6'6", 252||3||Mpls (Washburn)||FL, OSU, Neb, Wis, Ill, Iowa, Mich St||a must have for Brewster|
|3||Ronnie Wingo Jr||Ath||6-3, 210||4||St. Louis, MO||Bama, Mizz, Tenn, OK, Neb, Kan, Ill, Iowa, Ark||planning to visit, would be a great get, maybe RB|
|4||Chris Davenport||DT||6-4, 318||5||Mansfield, LA||FL, LSU, USC, Tenn, Tex, Mich, Bama, everybody||I'm not holding my breath|
|5||Craig Drummong||DE||6-5, 260||4||Chicago||LSU, FL, OSU, USC, Tenn||Top 5 DE - We have our work cut out for us here|
|6||Bryce McNeal||WR||6-2, 170||4||Mpls (Breck)||committed to Michigan||We win, Mich loses things might change here|
|7||David Gilbert||DE||6-4, 215||4||Oakland Park, FL||Wis, L'ville, Pur, Scar, UCF, Mich St, etc.||As of 4/30 had 3 offers, now has 12+|
|8||TyQuan Hammock||ILB||6'1", 220||3||Fort Wayne, IN||L'ville, Mich St., Ind, MAC schools||13 sacks, 164 tackles as JR, cousin to brother to ast coach Thomas Hammock|
|9||Chris Williams||CB||5-11, 185||4||Cincinnati, OH||WV, Ind, Cincy (has academic hurdles)||"The thing that shocked me was I didn't follow Minnesota football and they told me they went 1-11. I was like 'wow.' I mean if a I believe a school can really turn things around, and they want me to help I, would be interested in that."|
|10||Nosa Equae||DE||6'4", 235||3||Mansfield, TX||KU, Col, Iowa, Pur, L'ville||Kan and Col are top 2, is planning to visit|
|11||Rodney Smith||WR||6-6, 202||4||Miami, FL||Aub, FSU, OleMiss, Mizz, Tenn, many others||3.0 GPA, but kind of a longshot imo|
|12||Nat Berhe||S||5-11, 160||3||Colton, CA||New Mex, SDSU||2.9 GPA|
|13||Matt Garin||DE||6-4, 220||3||Apple Valley, MN||AZ St, Ore St, Stan, Wash St, AirForce, MACs||plenty of Pac 10 schools but no other BCS schools, interesting|
|14||Anthony Jones||OLB||6-2, 200||3||Chandler, AZ||AZ, ASU, OreSt, Wash St|
|15||Dan Orseske||P||6-3, 195||Chicago||Northwestern||We need him and I think we'll get him|
|16||Artice Kellam||S||5'11", 180||NR||Miami, FL||OleMiss, SoCar|
|17||Dwayne Difton||WR||5-11, 166||4||Ft. Lauderdale, FL||BC, Pur, Sflor, S Miss, Syracuse||seems high on Auburn if offered|
|18||Jaz Reynolds||WR||6-3, 180||3||Aldine, TX||Col, Kan, Neb, NW, Virg, SMU, Bay, Vir||his HS QB is heading to Kansas, not likely but who knows|
This list is very fluid and I gave preference to guys I thought we had a remote chance at landing. But I am far from knowing anything. As I prefaced this is just a snapshot and wanted to keep people informed (if you want greater detail I suggest you pay the subscription fees to something like Rivals, Scout or ESPN Insider).