(*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.)
Perham Minnesota’s Logan Richter has verbally committed to the Gophers. Richter was a surprise commit at the end of March (apologies for the lack of C28 articles lately, March Madness and trip to Phoenix interfered).
So what are we getting in Richter? A big kid who has been a little bit under the radar and a firm commitment to the Golden Gophers.
Thank you coach fleck and your staff!!Excited to announce I have verbally committed to Minnesota to play division 1 College Football❗️❗️ pic.twitter.com/GgkipkrxrB— Logan (@logan_richter) March 26, 2017
Ryan Burns of GopherIllustrated ($cout).
At the end of the day, I met with defensive coordinator Robb Smith and defensive line coach Bryce Paup, and they both were telling me that they love how I'm able to bend and move at 6'4" and 291 lbs., and I owe a lot of that to my coaches at Perham high school. They love how low I can stay to the ground and be powerful with that, and then also with how aggressive I am.
Also from Scout, this time from their Midwest Analyst Allen Trieu.
A basketball player, Richter is one of those kids who is naturally big and thick, but not out of shape. He has a powerful build and a low center of gravity and on his tape, he used that, along with the ability to bend his big body, to easily drive offensive linemen back and move them off the snap of the ball. That flexibility was apparent on several plays on his tape where you see the pad level he plays with and his ability to keep leverage and not get tall off the snap.
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 290 lbs.
Big 4 Ratings:
Power 5 Offers - none, no other offers from any level
Junior year highlights:
In Two Words - if you have to remember just two things about this player...
- Solid - thick and well built young man (that sounds really weird, but he’s a strong kid with a frame to really add good weight)
- Athletic - basketball player as well
Reminds me a bit of Anthony Jacobs, though a couple inches taller. Richter has some pretty good athleticism for his size and comes with a very solid frame.
Big kid with the right body to add some good strength/weight. Strong, stays low and moves quick. I like how he may be disruptive from the interior line.
Impact on Other Prospects?
None, we need interior lineman. He and Elijah Teague are set to come in but there will probably be at least another defensive tackle in this 2018 class.