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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Jonathan Femi-Cole signs with the Golden Gophers

Jonathan is officially a Golden Gopher!


Name: Jonathan Femi-Cole
Position: Running Back
Hometown/School: Aurora, Ontario, Canada :St. Andrew'sCollege
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How he fits:

The vision for Femi-Cole is that of a 230 lbs. monster, breaking tackles and wearing down a defense over 20+ carries while possessing the speed to break off longer chunks.

At the moment, JFC is a bit of a project. He's simply a much better athlete than everyone else on the field. As such, he can get away with things that he won't be able to in the Big Ten, such as dancing in the backfield before hitting the hole. Coach Reeves will have to work with him to become more decisive and vertical in his cuts, which is the one thing this staff stresses at running back above all else. He could run with better lean, as he's a bit upright and doesn't get small through the gaps, leaving himself vulnerable to body blows.

Still, the few times on film where he does run through the tackles with authority, you can see the potential this staff is looking for. He can show great burst and power through the line, and at nearly 220 lbs. already, he's just a ridiculous physical specimen. That kind of natural strength and power is tough to find, so the staff will work on the little things like technique and mental preparation.

Chances to play in 2016:

Unlikely.  He will most likely redshirt and begin to compete for a job in 2016.