The Minnesota Golden Gophers 2011 recruiting class does, indeed, include a quarterback, as Kansas native Max Shortell has signed a letter of intent to head to Minneapolis to play his college ball for Minnesota.
Shortell, a 6'6", 215-pound signal caller, has played his high school ball at Bishop Miege High School in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. He is rated as the 21st-best quarterback prospect in the nation and the 5th-best prospect in the state of Kansas by Rivals.com. Scout.com has him ranked as the 57th-best quarterback prospect in America, while ESPN/Scouts, Inc. have him slotted in as the 73rd-best quarterback prospect in the country. Rivals.com and Scout.com have given him a three-star ranking, while his ranking from ESPN/Scouts, Inc. in only two stars.
In 2010, Shortell completed 53.1% of his passes for 2,643 yards, 21 touchdowns, and seven interceptions. The previous year, as a junior, he completed 57.6% of his throws for 2,524 yards, 29 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions.
For a more complete look at Max Shortell, be sure to check out his full bio at Gopher Sports. Here is a Max Shortell highlight video for your viewing pleasure.