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Meet The Minnesota Gophers Class Of 2022 Signees

Minnesota signees inked 18 out of 19 NLI's before the clock struck 8:00 am on Wednesday morning, with Bolles (FL) defensive end Jack Pyburn being the only player remaining.

The Gopher Report has had wire-to-wire coverage of each of their recruitments throughout the process. Get to know each member of the signing class in this one-stop shop feature.

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Height: 6-3

Weight: 210

Committed: December 12th, 2021

The Skinny: Baranowski was the third commitment of the day three days before signing day. He was committed to Air Force since August, but flipped his pledge to the Gophers after an official visit to Minnesota this weekend. Baranowski held other offers from Army, Air Force, Kent State, Navy, and Tulsa.


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Maverick Baranowski Flips To Minnesota

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Height: 6-4

Weight: 250

Committed: December 12th, 2021

The Skinny: A one-time Nebraska commit, Schwartz reopened his recruiting process back on October 18th shortly after a trip to Minneapolis to watch the Gophers defeat Huskers 30-23. Schwartz is teammates and good friends with longtime Gophers commitment Jack Pyburn, who played a key role in recruiting the three-star product to Minnesota along with the other pledges in the 2022 class.

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Height: 6-5

Weight: 291

Committed: December 12th, 2021

The Skinny: The 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive tackle was a long-time TCU commit, but reopened his commitment following Gary Patterson being fired. Minnesota, who was actually the third school to offer McConnell, quickly reached back out. McConnell was on campus at Minnesota two weekend's ago for an official visit. He chose Minnesota among a final four that also included TCU, Texas Tech, and Vanderbilt.

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2022 OL Cade McConnell Commits To Minnesota

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ON DECK: 2022's

Height: 6-5

Weight: 295

Committed: December 5th, 2021

The Skinny: Beers was on an official visit at the end of November, and quickly realized that he wanted to spend his college years in Minneapolis.The 6-foot-5, 295-pound lineman was formerly committed to North Dakota State and chose Minnesota over offers from Harvard, Air Force, Central Michigan, Penn, Toledo, and more.

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OL Ashton Beers Commits to Minnesota


Height: 6-3

Weight: 205

Committed: November 30th, 2021

The Skinny: Gerlach comes from an athletic family, and he plays multiple positions on the gridiron as well as other sports like Hockey and baseball off of it. The in-state linebacker will be a solid addition for the 2022 class.

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Gerlach commits to the Gophers

Height: 6-5

Weight: 240

Committed: October 26th, 2021

The Skinny: Jones was an Abilene Christian legacy and was committed to them prior to his flip to Minnesota. He was set to be a 4th generation player at ACU, as his father was an All-American. Other FBS schools like Vanderbilt and UTSA also offered, but head coach PJ Fleck and tight end coach Clay Patterson were able to quickly build a strong relationship with Jones to win his commitment.

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Tight End Nathan Jones Flips To Minnesota

Height: 6-5

Weight: 280

Committed: June 21st, 2021

The Skinny: Smith took an official visit to Minnesota the weekend of June 11th, and ended up choosing the Gophers over the likes of Ole Miss, Michigan, North Carolina, Maryland, and others.

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DE commit Anthony Smith locked in with the Gophers

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Height: 6-2

Weight: 180

Committed: June 20th, 2021

The Skinny: Gousby was seeing lots of interest come in since May, but after a trip to the Twin Cities, he chose the Gophers over Wisconsin, Purdue, Pitt, Miami, Boston College, Georgia Tech, Nebraska, and others. While listed as a wide receiver, Gousby is considered more of an athlete that could transition as either a wideout or defensive back in college.

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Height: 6-2

Weight: 187

Committed: June 20th, 2021

The Skinny: Kelly impressed the coaching staff at the Florida State mega camp back on June 6th and told TGR shortly after picking up his offer that Minnesota was a dream school of his. He quickly committed to the Gophers over offers from Purdue, Western Kentucky, Western Michigan, Liberty, Arkansas State, and others.

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Gopher commit Rhyland Kelly excited for early enrollment

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Height: 6-0

Weight: 175

Committed: June 20th, 2021

The Skinny: After picking up an offer 10 days before, White and his family visited campus and chose Minnesota over offers from Purdue, Washington State, Virginia, and Middle Tennessee State. He took an official to Virginia the weekend of June 11th.

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Height: 6-0

Weight: 175

Committed: June 16th, 2021

The Skinny: The Philadelphia native put the Gophers among his Top 5 schools back on May 18th, a list that also included Boston College, Cincinnati, Virginia Tech, and Maryland. After a visit to Minnesota, he decided that it was the place for him.

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Commit Film Review: Ike White

WR Ike White commits to the Gophers

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Height: 5-10

Weight: 185

Committed: June 11th, 2021

The Skinny: Evans was a big pickup for Minnesota, and chose the Gophers over the likes of Texas, SMU, Kansas, Iowa, Notre Dame, Houston, and others. The Texas native tallied 1,223 yards rushing and 97 yards receiving throughout his junior season.

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NSD Player Preview: Zach Evans

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RB Commit Zach Evans staying close with Minnesota, sets visit

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RB target Zach Evans ready for June official

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Gophers land commitment from 3-star RB Zach Evans

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Height: 6-7

Weight: 245

Committed: June 10th, 2021

The Skinny: Alvarez is another who quickly took his opportunity right after it became available. The in-state prospect had been hearing from the Gophers staff since the new year, and was gaining interest from the likes of Iowa State and Northern Iowa as well.

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Commit Film Review: Spencer Alvarez

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Height: 6-3

Weight: 190

Committed: March 21st, 2021

The Skinny: Bryson committed to Minnesota sight unseen over offers from Kansas State, Louisville, Virginia Tech, Washington State, and more. The staff made him feel like a priority since the moment they offered, and Bryson hopped on the opportunity. He has continued to stay firmly committed throughout the process.

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Height: 6-7

Weight: 260

Committed: March 7th, 2021

The Skinny: The in-state commit was starting to see his stock rise when Minnesota joined the picture, and after a virtual visit with the staff in early March, Nelson decided to become the fourth member of the class.

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OL target Tony Nelson becomes Gophers second in-state commitment

Height: 6-4

Weight: 205

Committed: February 27th, 2021

The Skinny: Knuth may not have the longest list of offers, but that certainly would not be the case if he did not wrap his recruitment up as early as he did. Minnesota did a great job of getting involved at the right time with Knuth, and were able to hold off multiple offers from other schools like Iowa and Kansas State.

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Height: 5-10

Weight: 165

Committed: February 19th, 2021

The Skinny: Hoskins was beginning to see lots of interest come in, but an offer from his in-state school was enough to seal the deal right away. Hoskins committed on spot over offers from Iowa State, Northern Iowa, North Dakota State, and South Dakota.

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NSD Preview: WR Kristen Hoskins

Following The Future

Kristen Hoskins shares signing day excitement: "It feels like family."

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Summer Splash official visit preview (June 11-13)

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WR Kristen Hoskins Will Be In Minneapolis All June, Talks Recruiting

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Gophers snag first in-state commitment in 2022, who could be next?

In-state WR Kristen Hoskins commits after receiving offer

Height: 6-4

Weight: 230

Committed: August 13th, 2020

The Skinny: Kicking off the class with a four-star defensive end is something any school in the country would love to do, and it's exactly what the Gophers did with Bixby. He made an early commitment to the Gophers over the likes of Penn State, Michigan State, Arkansas and more, and is still very firm in his pledge.

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