EAST LANSING, MI - NOVEMBER 05: Duane Bennett #22 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers rushes the football on a play in the second quarter of the game against the Michigan State Spartans at Spartan Stadium on November 5, 2011 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Gophers 31-24. (Photo by Mark A. Cunningham/Getty Images)
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a new football prospect, former Ohio State center Brian Bobek.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a new football player in the ranks, and he's a pretty solid prospect to land. On Saturday, Brian Bobek of the Ohio State Buckeyes announced that he would be transferring over to Minnesota.
Bobek is a former four star recruit for the Buckeyes on the offensive line, with his main position being center. As a freshman last season he played an exclusively reserve role for Ohio State and was only able to get the No. 3 position on the depth chart this spring for the Buckeyes despite being one of the favorites to win the starting center job.
From Bobek's statement on joining the Gophers:
"I am excited to announce that I have given my commitment to Coaches Jerry Kill and Matt Limegrover to join the University of Minnesota football program," Bobek said in a statement. "Minnesota was one of the first schools my family and I had contacted when I made the decision to transfer, and the coaches responded as soon as they got permission from Ohio State to contact me."
The 6-foot-2, 275-pound sophomore will lose a year of eligibility because he stayed in the same conference; he will begin eligibility for the Gophers in 2013. At that point, he will join what looks to be a pretty solid offensive line for Minnesota in the next few seasons.
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