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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Nick Connelly signs with the Golden Gophers

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Nick is officially a Golden Gopher!

Vitals:

Name: Nick Connelly
Position: Defensive End
Hometown/School: Red Wing (MN), Red Wing
Profile: 247Sports Profile // Scroll of the Sworn!
Rating: - 0.8310 Composite Score

How he fits:

With that length, athleticism and frame, Connelly is a tackle all the way. Hell, he may well be Lauer's eventual replacement at left tackle after a few years of seasoning. From the very limited information on hand, he appears to get up the field well and can move his feet, which is a big factor for Matt Limegrover. He'll need to work on his knee bend, along with his overall run blocking technique, before he can make a serious push for playing time. Likewise, his overall strength and punch will need to improve.

Chances to play in 2015:

Zero. Needs to put on weight and get stronger, though he could be a good one in 2-3 years.