MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — New Minnesota coach Jerry Kill is starting to put his stamp on the program, beginning with 22 players signed to kick off his first recruiting class.

Kill said Wednesday he’s pleased with his group, but he acknowledged that until any of them take the field for the Gophers they’re all merely “paper tigers.”

Rosemount offensive lineman Joe Bjorklund, Edina wide receiver Devin Crawford-Tufts, Eden Prairie safety Grayson Levine and Holy Family Catholic linebacker Peter Westerhaus are the Minnesotans in this class.

It also includes offensive lineman Josh Campion of Fergus Falls, who was originally signed by the Gophers two years ago. He got hurt, played last season at Fork Union Military Academy in Virginia and is now enrolled at Minnesota.

Here is a list of players who signed letters of intent Wednesday to play at Minnesota. Included are each player’s name, position, height, weight, hometown and school.

Michael Amaefula, de, 6-2, 218, Arlington, Tex., Bowie HS

Quinn Bauducco, lb, 6-3, 225, Moorpark, Calif., Moorpark HS

Joe Bjorklund, ol, 6-5, 285, Rosemount, Minn., Rosemount HS

Foster Bush, ol, 6-5, 270, Menasha, Wis., Menasha HS

Josh Campion (+), ol, 6-5, 320, Fergus Falls, Minn., Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy

Theiren Cockran, de, 6-6, 210, Homestead, Fla., Homestead HS

Devin Crawford-Tufts, wr, 6-2, 180, Edina, Minn., Edina HS

Drew Goodger, te, 6-5, 234, Shawnee Mission, Kan., Northwest HS

Ge’Shun Harris (+), wr, 6-3, 210, Corona, Calif., Arizona Western College

Chris Hawthorne (+), k, 6-4, 180, Raleigh, N.C., North Carolina State

Marcus Jones (+), db, 5-8, 170, Wake Forest, N.C., Rolesville HS

Quentin Gardener, wr, 6-0, 190, Denton, Tex., Guyer HS

Grayson Levine, db, 5-11, 195, Eden Prairie, Minn., Eden Prairie HS

Jephete Matilus, lb, 6-1, 218, Delray Beach, Fla., Atlantic HS

Kyle McAvoy, ol, 6-5, 293, Bloomington, Ill., Bloomington HS

Luke McAvoy, ol, 6-5, 278, Bloomington, Ill., Bloomington HS

Steven Montgomery, db, 5-10, 184, Miramar, Fla., Miramar HS

Tommy Olson, ol, 6-4, 275, Mahtomedi, Minn., Mahtomedi HS

John Rabe (+), te, 6-4, 245, Iowa Falls, Iowa, Ellsworth Community College

Max Shortell, qb, 6-6, 215, Shawnee Mission, Kan., Bishop Miege HS

Derrick Wells, db, 6-0, 180, Lehigh Acres, Fla., Lehigh HS

Peter Westerhaus, lb, 6-3, 205, Chanhassen, Minn., Holy Family Catholic HS

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Comments (4)
  1. The Crux of the Biscuit says:

    Well, lets hope for the best anyways…..

  2. Tony says:

    Love the Gophers and would love to see Jerry Kill be successful in turning the program around so the Gophers can be a great watch on College Gameday!
    Good luck Jerry. Go Gophers!

  3. Lynn says:

    Editor: In the body of your article, one important name was omitted from the list of Minnesotans in the class. – Tommy Olson from Mahtomedi.

    Good Luck Jerry Kill. This Gopher fan is behind you 100%

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