MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Gophers have added cornerback Cedric Thompson to their 2011 recruiting class.

Thompson played on both sides of the ball as a senior at Calipatria High School in California last season. He rushed for 1,808 yards and 27 touchdowns as a running back. He also had four interceptions and three sacks as a cornerback, which is where new Gophers coach Jerry Kill says he will play in college.

Thompson submitted his national letter of intent on Monday. He becomes the 23rd player to join Kill’s first recruiting class at Minnesota.

Kill calls Thompson “a real diamond in the rough.” He says Thompson was under the radar in the highly competitive recruiting game, but the Gophers were excited to bring him in.

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Comments (2)
  1. Norge says:

    “under the radar in the highly competitive recruiting game”…translation: he had impressive numbers in a weak league of other under-sized players from other no-name California schools, and none of the real nationally ranked recruits will say the words U of M without plugging their nose, so we’ll take what we can get and spin it as best we can. Can you say Ho Hum…yawn.

  2. Gideodog says:

    The Gophers are a waste of time. Maturi got his gig coming from iron range old money-Fire him and be done with it. Coach Kill? Please. They keep hiring these no name unproven coaches sell the public a bill of goods, pay them premium prices and then hide behind each other when he’s finally worn out his welcome. Enough. The stadium was stupid enough-let them play in a parking lot. Either get a Tubby Smith quality coach or pay this arsenal of stale jockstaps based on performance.

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