(*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.)
Over the weekend, PJ Fleck and the Gopher staff secured the commitment from St. Cloud area’s Brevyn Spann-Ford. Spann-Ford is the 13th current commit, the first tight end and the 3rd local kid.
He has been on the Gopher radar for most of the Spring but it was after seeing him live at camp this past weekend, he was offered a scholarship and he very quickly accepted. As a junior he had nearly 1,000 yards (977) and 12 TDs while playing for his St. Cloud Tech team. Let’s learn a little about this new offensive weapon added.
Ryan Burns of GopherIllustrated ($cout).
"I'm crazy excited right now," St. Cloud (Minn.) tight end Brevyn Spann-Ford said to GopherIllustrated Friday night following his Minnesota commitment. "I thought that performed well at coach P.J. Fleck's camp tonight as things went great, and then he pulled me aside afterwards into his office. He told me he liked the way I performed, but also saw a lot of means of improvement in my game recently. He asked me about my process of being a Gopher and he asked if I wanted to be a Gopher, and I immediately jumped on it."
Scout’s Allen Trieu analysis (or other)
Spann-Ford is going to be a big time red-zone weapon. He has excellent hands and ball tracking skills. He should be a favorite target for Gopher quarterbacks based on size and reliability. As he gets into a college strength program and polishes his route-running skills, he is going to be a matchup problem for opposing defenses.
Height: 6’ 6"
Weight: 230 lbs.
Big 4 Ratings:
Power 5 Offers - Missouri, Iowa State, West Virginia
- Scout - 3 stars
- Rivals - 3 stars (5.5 rating)
- 247 - 3 stars (83 rating)
- ESPN - 3 stars (75 rating)
Junior year highlights:
In Two Words - if you have to remember just two things about this player...
This is an odd comparison but he kind of reminds me of Da’Jon McKnight. Spann-Ford is bigger (height and weight) but his smoothness and hands remind me of McKnight.
Currently playing as a WR for his high school team but Spann-Ford will be coming to the Gophers as a TE who can create some mismatches in the passing game. He is really big kid who can move in space and catch the ball. (check out the one-handed, diving catch around the 45 second mark of his video) I think he really is going to be a weapon on offense that can create mismatches with this size/speed combination. I’m not sure how he’ll translate into a blocker at the next level but he’ll have time to add more weight and learn the role.
Impact on Other Prospects?
I suspect that we’ll have another TE in this class. There are a number of young TEs on the roster but there will be another. My guess is that it would be a TE with more traditional blocking skills but that’s a total guess.