The Gophers gained a significant commitment as, per FBT, WR Jamel Harbison committed to Minnesota yesterday. The North Carolina high school star is rated a 3 star recruit by both Scout and Rivals, and 4 stars by E!SPN. at 5'11 and 190 pounds, he's not the biggest guy out there, but is quick and tough in traffic. The player Harbison models himself after? Wes Welker. Works for me! That means he's a little bit different style than some other "smallish" receivers on the roster like Malcolm Moulton and Marcus Jones.
While, as Harbison notes in the link, "this is just a verbal commit" and that he's taking a few more visits, it's still a great sign. He chose the Gophs over schools like Clemson, West Virginia, Wake, NC State, and Vanderbilt. Oh, speaking of Vandy...
Remember Andre McDonald of Edina? Top rated receiver in Minnesota and one of the top in the state who originally verballed to Minnesota before backing out when Ohio State offered? Well he's not going to Minnesota, but he's not going to Ohio State either. Destination? Vandy. I don't get it either, but if he's not playing here, at least he'll be out of the conference.
For someone as meticulous as Jerry Kill, i suppose it shouldn't come as a surprise that he game-planned for everything- even seizures. The calm and almost matter-of-fact way Kill's staff is proceeding with practice this week without him is all part of the plan. Matt Limegrover and Tracy Claeys are preparing to coach the game Saturday against Miami of Ohio on Saturday if they have to, but are hoping Coach Kill will be back. That's helped settle the players, who were understandably upset after seeing their coach have a seizure on the field. So while it's not quite business as usual, the players are getting back into their routine knowing their coach is ok, and will hopefully be rejoining them shortly.
The Gopher pass rush will try to put QBs on their back, which, as you've probably noticed, has been a problem again this season.
Two B1G schools are joining the Nike ugly jersey parade.
Lou Nanne's grandson has committed to the Gophers. Louie Nanne, a junior forward at Edina, pledged his commitment to Don Lucia and Minnesota after a recent tour of Minnesota's campus, and the Carlson School of Management.