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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Three-star LB Jaqwondis Burns commits to the Gophers

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The IMG Academy linebacker grabs an oar and one of the last spots in the Gophers’ recruiting class

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With the early signing period almost upon us, the Minnesota Golden Gophers are not quite done, with head coach P.J. Fleck and co. earning a verbal commitment from IMG Academy linebacker Jaqwondis Burns, who was previously committed to Ole Miss.

Get to know Jaqwondis Burns

Height: 6’2”
Weight: 205

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Colorado, Kansas, Kansas State, Louisville, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas, Texas Tech, Utah, and Virginia

247 Sports Composite Rating: .8709

Scouting Report

Fleck has coveted versatility and athleticism at the linebacker position since he took the helm at Minnesota, and Burns certainly fits that mold. He is an above average athlete who can play from sideline-to-sideline and even drop back into coverage. Burns has been effective in blitz packages and can be a disruptive force in the backfield. Look no further than how the Gophers’ utilized redshirt freshman linebacker Braelen Oliver in the latter half of this season.

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