2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

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2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown


The 2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.


Contact @PeteFiutak

2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown


The 2017 Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.


Contact @PeteFiutak

Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Minnesota Golden Gophers Recruiting Class Overview

How’s the new guy doing? Considering he’s had ten minutes to recruit, P.J. Fleck hasn’t been that bad. There’s no Minnesota recruiting base, so Fleck had to close nationally going to Alabama and Texas to get his two terrific safeties – Kendarian Handy-Holly and Adam Beck, respectively – and diving into Oregon to snag a strong corner in Demetrius Douglas. But he got a few good players from in-state, too, keeping offensive linemen Blaise Andries and Eric Abojei, along with kicker Grant Ryerse and tight end Nathan Bursch.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers Class Is Heavy On …

Quarterbacks. Fleck got a slew of offensive linemen, and the tight end haul was nice, but the area to keep an eye on is quarterback with three coming in. They’re not big bombers, but they can all move. Tanner Morgan and Reyondous Estes are for down the road, but Neil McLaurin is an interesting JUCO transfer to provide another option and add to the depth.

The Star of the Minnesota Golden Gophers Class Is …

S Kendarian Handy-Holly, 6-2, 200, Jackson, AL – A strong late signing, he was in the mix at Florida, Kentucky, and a slew of other SEC schools before making Minnesota his call. It all depends on where he wants to play, with the talent and hands to be a dangerous, physical receiver, or grow into a whale of a defensive back. He’s too good a hitter not to shine at safety.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

The passing game, as a whole. The Gophers lose leading receiver Drew Wolitarsky, who came up with 66 catches for 860 yards and five scores, with the team’s second-leading wideout catching just 18 balls. Mitch Leidner has been around for seemingly forever, and while he sputtered and struggled throwing the ball – with just eight touchdown passes and 12 picks – he was an excellent veteran who led the team to a bowl win.

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