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Golden Nugz - 07.26.10

Just a few quick Nugz this warm Monday morning...

Peter Westerhaus has committed to the Gophers. The local TE/OLB from Chanhassen officially had an offer from Iowa State to along with interest from Wisconsin, Iowa and a couple other Big Ten schools. He is likely going to be a TE for the Golden Gophers. He has a Rivals 3-star rating and 3-stars from ESPN as well.

Really being a Gopher has been what I have always wanted since I was six years old and lifting sandbags in my basement. I needed to make sure that everything was the best fit for my future and I explored all of my options, but in the end Minnesota is where I am meant to be."

This is a nice pick-up as Brewster is doing a better job of keeping the Minnesota kids at home. So far we have commitments from three Minnesota kids. Tommy Olson is the #1 ranked kid in the state and he chose the Gophers long ago. Westerhaus is ranked by Rivals as the #3 prospect in the state and currently Devin Crawford-Tufts is not ranked in the top 5. James Farrow is the #2 prospect but he no longer holds a Gopher offer, Anthony Hayes has accepted a Stanford scholarship and WR-Austin Harrington currently only holds offers from Ball State and South Dakota. The idea from day 1 of the Brewster regime has been to keep the local kids home and then get as much talent from around the country as possible. Each year he has done better keeping the Minnesota kids here and the Westerhaus commitment is a good one to get.

  • The Purdue blog, Hammer and Rails has their Gopher preview up. Despite the Gophers two game win streak over the Boilermakers Travis predicts that Purdue will "roll in this one" as he predicts a 31-17 win for his team.
  • Great news for Gopher baseball fans. Scott Matyas is one of the best closers, not only in the Big Ten but in NCAA baseball. He was drafted by Milwaukee but is planning, according to Sid, to come back for another season.
  • Here is an Omaha World-Herald article on incoming Gopher freshman, Eliot Eliason.
  • Finally, this past Saturday was the Flugtag event at Harriet Island Park. The U of Minn entered a "flying" contraption that was piloted by Goldy. Video below...