Golden Nugs 5.30.14: We Got a Commit! Edition

Marilyn Indahl-USA TODAY Sports

Here's whats making news in the Gopher world today:

Gopher Football:

WE GOT A COMMIT! While other posters on other Gopher messageboards that may remain nameless were panicking that the Gophers hadn't gotten a single recruit for the class of 2015, their fears can finally be calmed.  Chaska three-star offensive lineman Bronson Dovich is the first player to commit to Coach Kill and the Gophers for the 2015 recruiting class.



Dovich had a reported offer from Rutgers and several other lesser schools. Read Matt's Scroll of the Sworn here if you haven't allready.

Ryan Burns over at Gopher Illustrated also hints in a tweet that more good news is coming to the Gophers as well, but that no timetable for an announcement is imminant:


In case you missed the breaking news header at the top of the screen here the last 24 hours or so, it was announced yesterday that the Gophers road game on September 13th at TCU will be a 3:00 PM kickoff and will air on Fox Sports 1.


Athlon Sports put out a list of their Top 50 Players of the BCS Era in College Football. At #34 on the list, former Gopher Center Greg Eslinger.  Athlon says about the former Gopher:

Not many centers have an Outland Trophy on their mantle at home but Eslinger does. He was a freshman All-American in 2002, a third-team All-American as a sophomore, a first-teamer in '04 and earned consensus All-American honors as a senior. He won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center and earned Big Ten Lineman of the Year honors in ’05. Minnesota never had a losing record during his four-year career. - See more at: http://athlonsports.com/college-football/top-50-college-football-players-bcs-era#sthash.bTg3sijY.dpuf

Not many centers have an Outland Trophy on their mantle at home but Eslinger does. He was a freshman All-American in 2002, a third-team All-American as a sophomore, a first-teamer in '04 and earned consensus All-American honors as a senior. He won the Rimington Trophy as the nation’s top center and earned Big Ten Lineman of the Year honors in ’05. Minnesota never had a losing record during his four-year career.

Gopher running back commit Rodney Smith was named the Clayton County, Georgia and Region 4-AAAAA Baseball Player of The Year.  He played the outfield, shortstop and second base this season for the Tigers. He hit a county-leading .587 with 12 RBI and 37 hits as the team’s lead-off batter. He also scored 27 runs and was 22 of 23 on stolen bases. Smith had 10 doubles and four triples this season.  The problem that Gophers fans may have with Smith's amazing season however, is that he is rising rapidly up MLB Draft Boards with the draft occuring next week.  If Smith is drafted highly enough, he may forgo his football scholarship for a chance to play professional baseball.  Soyou can bet the Gopher coaching staff along with lots of Gophers fans will be watching the MLB draft next week and hoping that Smith may drop a few rounds lower then he could possibly go.  If he does come to Minnesota, it is probable that he will be the first player to play on both the football and baseball teams at the U since Eric Decker, who was also drafted in the MLB Draft.

Gopher Basketball:

Former Gopher Austin Hollins worked out along with several other potential NBA Draft candidates with the Timberwolves yesterday.   Its possible Hollins could be a second round pick, but he has a higher chance to become an undrafted free-agent, or to go have success in Europe like fellow former Gopher Trevor Mbakwe.

Gopher Hockey:

The Gophers got a commit from Shattuck-St Mary's 1999-born forward Scott Reedy yesterday.

Playing for SSM's bantam team last season he scored 56 goals and added 69 assists in 65 games played.  Reedy joins fellow SSM bantam player and 1999 born Brannon McManus in committing to the Gophers.  As both of these players just finished their ninth grade season, don't expect to see them in a Gopher uniform until 2017 at the earliest.

Former Gopher and SSM alum Eric Haula suffered a broken jaw while playing for Finland in the World Hockey Championships last week in Belarus.  Finland was playing Russia in the Gold Medal Game when he was hit by Evgeny Malkin.  His injury is not expected to need surgery, and he will be back to 100% by the time Minnesota Wild training camp begins in September.

Former Gopher captain Nate Condon and current Gopher Hannah Brandt were both honored with the Big Ten Outstanding Sportsmanship Award.  The two Gophers were two of 24 honored players out of a potential 300 candidates.  The criteria for the award is:

One member of each varsity sports team on every campus was chosen by his or her institution as a Sportsmanship Award honoree, and two Outstanding Sportsmanship Award winners were then selected from each institution. All of the Sportsmanship Award winners have distinguished themselves through sportsmanship and ethical behavior. In addition, these honorees must be in good academic standing and must have demonstrated good citizenship outside of the sports-competition setting.

Congrats to Nate and Hannah!

Gopher Track and Field:

Gopher pole vaulter Zach Siegmeier advanced from the NCAA West Prelims at the University of Arkansas yesterday to the full NCAA Championship meet.  He tied for sixth with a jump of 5.36 meters (17-07 ft.)  The top six and ties advance to the NCAA Championships Meet in Eugene Oregon from June 11-14. So far Siegmeier is the only Gopher to advance to the NCAA Championship meet, but several other Gophers men and women will compete today to attempt to punch their ticket to Eugene.

Gopher Softball:

While eight teams are still playing in the College World Series this weekend in Oklahoma City, the Gophers season ended in a Super Regional loss to Oregon last weekend.  Two Gophers were rewarded this week as both Sara Moulton and Kaitlyn Richardson were named Second Team All-Americans by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association.

Richardson was a Third-Team All-American last season as a sophomore, and Moulton is the Gopher's first ever All-American pitcher.  Moulton wasted no time moving on, as she was selected by the Chicago Bandits of the National Professional Fastpitch League in the draft this spring, and made her debut in relief last night. Moulton pitched an inning of perfect relief in the Bandits 4-0 loss to Akron.


That's it for now, have a great weekend!!

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