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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Four-star RB Mar’Keise Irving commits to the Gophers

The state of Illinois continues to be kind to P.J. Fleck and co.

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Head coach P.J. Fleck and co. have loaded up on offensive firepower in this recruiting class and that trend continues with a verbal commitment from four-star running back Mar’Keise Irving.

The Gophers now have five four-star recruits committed, and Irving is the fifth player out of Illinois to pledge to play for Minnesota. Fleck and co. also have verbal commitments from three of the Top 10 ranked recruits in the state Illinois this recruiting cycle.

Get to know Mar’Keise Irving

Height: 5’10”
Weight: 175

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Iowa State, Louisville, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Purdue, South Carolina, Syracuse, TCU, Utah, Virginia Tech, and Wisconsin

247 Sports Composite Rating: .8949

247 Sports Scouting Report

Compact back who does have some natural bulk to him but still needs to add more weight for the next level. A very good athlete who has excellent short-area elusiveness. Does a nice job of breaking tackles and staying on his feet through contact. Runs through arm tackles, has a nice stiff-arm and also runs with determination. Finds his way through traffic. Good burst and despite no record of verified times, can break long runs although he may not have elite top-end speed. Solid as a pass catcher but can still improve in that department. Can play in any scheme and has a skill set that projects well to college. Likely to be a lead back at the Power 5 level and has the tools to end up having his name called in the middle part of the NFL Draft.

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