(*Editor's note...What the heck does "Commitment to Eight" mean? It is our new recurring title for recruit commitments referencing a commitment to work towards the Gopher's Eighth National Championship.)
First of all, I was just hoping and praying that the Football team wouldn’t get a commit last week. We had more than enough going on with the basketball team prepping for the NCAA Tournament, hockey in the Big Ten Tournament and the women getting ready for the Frozen Four. Well, of course there was a commit and I am now just getting around to writing about it.
But we landed our first running back in this 2018 recruiting class. Nolan Edmonds took an unofficial visit to the University of Minnesota and decided this is the place he wants to continue his football career. Let’s learn a little about Mr. Edmonds.
Ryan Burns of GopherIllustrated ($cout).
"My parents really liked the school and the academics at Minnesota," Edmonds explained to GI. "They could tell I really liked the school based on my facial expressions when they were showing me around. I ended up committing to Minnesota a few days later as I really liked the school and the program they are trying to build with the new coaches. Plus, I have a lot of family around there. My parents supported my decision 100% and they think I made the right decision.”
More from Burns in his thorough recap of the commitment.
"My grandparents and other family and friends live mostly in St. Paul, but also Minneapolis and the surrounding cities, so that'll be good for me too. What put Minnesota over the top of all the other schools recruiting me though was that I really like the school and program there. I could feel their dedication and passion. I fell like it's a great opportunity and as an every down type of running back, I believe the program is a great fit for me. Academically, I will study Clinical Psychology and they have what I'm looking for in a program and available resources. I'd also like to add that I know the Mayo Clinic is near and the possibility of future opportunities there related to my degree field excites me. I'm now 100% committed to the University of Minnesota.
Weight: 205 lbs.
Fake 40 Time: 4.61
Big 4 Ratings:
Power 5 Offers - Cal, Boston College, Illinois, Kansas, Purdue, Syracuse
- Scout - 3-stars
- Rivals - 3-stars (#25 RB and a 5.6 rating)
- 247 - 3 stars (#21 RB)
- ESPN - n/a
Junior year highlights:
In Two Words - if you have to remember just two things about this player...
- Power Runner
- Soft Hands
David Cobb comes to mind more than any other recent Gopher running backs. Edmonds does not have elite, breakaway speed and is a runner who will hit you as he falls forward. He’s not the same type of “power” as Donnell Kirkwood, but he runs hard like Cobb, has good vision through the hole and won’t often outrun Big Ten defensive backs. Not to say either of these backs are slow, but they also aren’t known as breakaway kind of guys.
Hard to say exactly. Over the last two seaons Fleck has utilized two backs heavily in his offense. A bigger, more powerful back, Jarvaion Franklin and then a smaller/faster back, Jamauri Bogan, as the complimentary back. Bogan was a 1,000 yard guy in 2015 and Franklin was in 2016 with the other back getting plenty of carries in both seasons. So this would appear to be his bigger/bruising back. A guy who can plan all three downs due to his nice hands out of the backfield.
Impact on Other Prospects?
Expect one other running back in this class. There is a chance we could lose a back to an early NFL departure should one of them have a monster season. And with the loss of McCrary, running back depth will be thinning anyway.