The only slight surprise for Gophers fans on Early National Signing Day came when Perham, MN defensive line commit Logan Richter announced that he will be taking a greyshirt offer from the Gophers and will not join the program until January of 2019.
Please respect my decision ⚠️⚠️⚠️⚠️ pic.twitter.com/SktgLuRxbn— Logan (@logan_richter) December 20, 2017
Athletes may also use a "grayshirt" year in which they attend school, but cannot enroll as a full-time student, and do not receive a scholarship for that year. This means that they are an unofficial member of the team and do not participate in practices, games, or receive financial assistance from their athletic department. Rather than waste the redshirt, the player can attend school as a part-time regular student and join the team later.
Richter initially committed to the Gophers in march of 2017. Here is what we had to say about the commit then. Richter has not signed a National letter of Intent, and for all purposes becomes the Gophers first commit for the Class of 2019. He will sign next December and enroll as a full-time student under scholarship in January of 2019.
Richter would have been expected to redshirt anyways as Minnesota will add significant depth at the defensive tackle position next season when Alabama Transfer OJ Smith, 2017 redshirts Royal Silver, Noah Hickcox, and Malcolm Robinson and 2018 freshmen Elijah Teague and Mayan Ahanotu join the Gophers.