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OL Tommy Olson Signs With Minnesota Golden Gophers

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The Minnesota Golden Gophers have announced that offensive lineman Tommy Olson has signed a letter of intent to play his college ball for the Golden Gophers and Coach Jerry Kill, starting this fall.

Olson is rated as the number one prospect in the entire state of Minnesota by Rivals.com, which makes this a HUGE get for the Gophers, who have had a reputation for letting Minnesota's best players go elsewhere. The 6'4", 275-pound lineman is rated as the 14th-best guard prospect in the nation by ESPN/Scouts, Inc., and the 85th-best prospect in the entire nation by Scout.com. Both Rivals.com and Scout.com have Olson listed as a three-star prospect, but ESPN/Scouts, Inc. have Olson down as a four-star prospect, the only such prospect with that rating in the Gophers' recruiting class this year.

Olson played his high school ball at Mahtomedi High School, and was showered with honors, the highest of which was being named as a second-team All-American by Rivals.com. He is the son of Ed Olson, who was a three-time letter winner for the Gophers from 1980-1982. His brother. . .also named Ed. . .started eight games for the Gophers at left tackle as a redshirt freshman in 2010.

For more on the player that is, in all likelihood, the Gophers' top recruit this year, be sure to check out his bio at Gopher Sports. You can also check out his highlight video.

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