The Minnesota Golden Gophers have a tough time battling against other Big Ten schools for recruits, but did a solid job in 2013, signing a large number of three-star recruits.
The Gophers brought in two three-star recruits at quarterback in Chris Streveler and Donovahn Jones. Minnesota was able to lure Jones away from Missouri by offering him the chance to play quarterback. The Tigers were interested in Jones as a receiver, but he flipped to the Gophers for the opportunity to show what he can do behind center. The Daily Gopher was particularly excited about luring Jones to campus:
Big time athlete, big time pick up. And one hell of a coup by the Gopher staff to poach him away from SEC country right before NSD.
Expect one of the two quarterback recruits to redshirt and the other to see some playing time. Minnesota used multiple quarterbacks for much of the 2012 season, so you will likely see both Streveler and Jones on the field in the future.
Minnesota landed another solid offensive recruit in Berkley Edwards, brother of NFL wide receiver Braylon Edwards. On the defensive side of the ball, the Gophers have a few more holes to fill and could see some recruits step up as starters in 2013. JUCO transfer Damien Wilson should compete for the starting middle linebacker job off the bat.