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Minnesota Football Recruiting: Four-star 2022 defensive end Trey Bixby commits to the Gophers

Meet the first member of the Gophers’ Class of 2022

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Brace yourself. Good news is here! Yes, actual good news.

Ohio defensive end Trey Bixby has committed to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, becoming the first member of the 2022 recruiting class to grab an oar. He has developed a good relationship with defensive line coach Chad Wilt, who recruited Bixby and first him offered a scholarship when he was at Cincinnati. Once he was hired at Minnesota, Wilt extended another offer to Bixby.

Bixby would be the highest-ranked defensive lineman to sign with the Gophers since Carter Coughlin, according to 247 Sports. He would be the sixth-highest all-time, regardless of position.

247 Sports scored an interview with Bixby — and unlocked it for non-subscribers — that you can check out here. Here is a slice to entice you:

“Beyond the culture, coaching staff, facilities or community aspects that I touched on earlier; it ultimately felt like home. I grew up going to games at Minnesota, spring practices and spring games as a kid. I remember eating dinner with Mike Sherels and the team one time when I was about 7 years old. I grew up getting balls signed by Gopher players, I had a custom Ra’Shede Hageman jersey as well when I was younger. I’ve always grown up loving the state of Minnesota. We’ve lived out of the state now for about half my life but once I stepped on campus in June it just felt like being home.”

Get to know Trey Bixby

Height: 6’5”
Weight: 245

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Arkansas, Michigan State, and Penn State

247 Sports Composite Rating: .9226

Scouting Report

Bixby will be a strongside defensive end for the Gophers, fulfilling the same role that we’ve seen Winston DeLattiboudere handle for the last three seasons. He lacks the speed to be a rush end, but he makes up for it with agility that won’t make him a liability on passing downs. What stands out about Bixby is how disciplined he is, from maintaining a consistent pad level to making sound choices when reacting to a play. But his natural brute force is the main attraction here. That power, coupled with his physical and mental tools, makes him a formidable foe in the leverage battle. He has the strength to hold up in the running game and the quickness to get in the backfield.

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