Writing about commitments is better than writing about why the Gophers don't have any commitments. Hooray for having a team in 2019!
Ryan Burns (@RyanBurnsGI) June 18, 2014
Akron (OH) Archbishop Hoban OT Ted Stieber committed to Minnesota today, becoming the fourth member of the Gopher 2015 recruiting class. Rated a 3 star prospect according to 247Sports' Industry Composite, Stieber lists offers from Illinois, Syracuse, Rutgers and Cincinnati, among many others. He is the second offensive linemen to join the next crop of future Gophers.
Gopher247's Kyle Goblirsch after Stieber received his offer in May ($):
"Minnesota is definitely top of the list right now. They’re the school I have the most interest in right now"
(Likely Fraudulent) Measurables**
** The section title is a bit. It's intentionally facetious comment on how recruiting sites (and even some college coaches) notoriously exaggerate traditional combine measures -- especially the 40. No offense is meant.
Weight: 300-312 lbs.
Fake 40 Time: lolwhocares he's a linemen
The most important part of Steiber's game and build may be his versatility:
New Gopher Ted Steiber (@TheBigBear75 ) has the skills to play all 5 positions on the line. Win in the trenches.— Joe Funk (@JFunk247) June 18, 2014
Ted is another big kid - remember, Matt Limegrover has still landed only one offensive linemen shorter than 6'4" in four full recruiting cycles - who plays with an attitude. If it wasn't already wantonly clear that Kill intends to build this program from the line, man I don't know what else I could show you. This offense is based upon simple blocking skills, executed well, by physically tough young men who also happen to be rather large and mean but also bend their knees and move their well well. Stieber is all of those things.
Where does Stieber's future lie? As the above tweet suggests, it could be anywhere -- and I don't think Limegrover minds one bit. If they find out during a redshirt year that he can snap, awesome -- stick him at center. If he can pull, great -- you're a guard. If he works better out in space, tackle it is. Honestly, the same could be suggested of most linemen the Gophers have signed the last 2-3 years: really, the versatility to play anywhere is better for the program. Think about it: would you rather have a kid who can only play one spot coming in, and he's committed there for 5 years? Yeah, no.
Stieber is also part of a big push from the staff this cycle to replace the large outgoing senior class of linemen. I'd fully expect another 2-3 to join the class when it's all done, the next in line may very well be the latest offer extended by the Minnesota staff (Red Wing OL Nick Connelly).