Gophers make 2013 recruiting class official

MINNEAPOLIS — As head coach Jerry Kill prepares for his third season at the University of Minnesota, he and his staff signed 19 recruits Wednesday to letters of intent on National Signing Day. After signing 10 players from the state of Minnesota last year, Kill’s 2013 recruiting class has just one Minnesotan. Eight of this year’s recruits were given three-star ratings by, while the rest were two-star recruits. A full list of players who signed their letters of intent Wednesday:

DE’VONDRE CAMPBELL, LB, 6-foot-5, 225 pounds
Hutchinson Community College, Hutchinson, Kan. ranking: Three stars
About Campbell: A pleasant surprise for the Gophers on National Signing Day, Campbell didn’t commit to Minnesota until Wednesday morning. The three-star linebacker also had offers from big schools such as Texas, Tennessee and Kansas State. Campbell, who has three years of eligibility remaining after playing one year at the junior college level, could end up being one of the biggest gets for Kill and his staff.

ERIC CARTER, WR, 5-foot-11, 185 pounds
Lake Gibson High School, Lakeland, Fla. ranking: Two stars
About Carter: He originally committed to play at Cincinnati but flipped is commitment to play for the Gophers. He runs a 4.50 40-yard dash, according to Carter had 54 catches for 801 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior.
RAYFIELD DIXON, LB, 6-foot-3, 205 pounds
Seminole Ridge High School, Loxahatchee, Fla. ranking: Two stars
About Dixon: He had 89 tackles and six sacks during his senior season at Seminole Ridge, where he was a linebacker. He also had offers from Louisville, West Virginia, Tulane and Louisiana.

BERKLEY EDWARDS, RB, 5-foot-9, 190 pounds
Chelsea High School, Chelsea, Mich. ranking: Three stars
About Edwards: Edwards comes to the Gophers with an NFL pedigree, as he is the brother of current New York Jets wide receiver Braylon Edwards. His father, Stan, also played in the NFL for six seasons. Berkley rushed for 1,329 yards and 21 touchdowns for Chelsea High School during his senior season.
HENDRICK EKPE, DE, 6-foot-5, 230 pounds
Lewisville High School, Lewisville, Texas ranking:
Two stars
About Ekpe: His older brother, Scott, is currently on the Gophers roster and got plenty of playing time as a freshman defensive lineman this past season, playing in all 13 games. Hendrick had offers from other Big Ten schools, including Iowa and Northwestern. He had 24 tackles and 2 ½ sacks as a senior.

JORDAN HINOJOSA, DT, 6-foot-2, 295 pounds
Coffeyville Community College, Coffeyville, Texas ranking: Two stars
About Hinojosa: He was a member of last year’s recruiting class but never joined the Gophers due to academic issues. He instead played a season at Coffeyville Community College, where he made 13 tackles and had two sacks in seven games.
DONOVAHN JONES, QB, 6-foot-3, 190 pounds
Dutchtown High School, Hampton, Ga. ranking: Two stars
About Jones: Jones was a last-minute get for Kill and his staff, as he committed on Tuesday after switching his commitment from Missouri to Minnesota. As a quarterback at Dutchtown, Jones threw for 1,609 yards and 16 touchdowns and ran for 634 yards on 105 carries.

DE’NIRO LASTER, WR, 6-foot-4, 230 pounds
Cleveland Heights High School, University Heights, Ohio ranking: Three stars

About Laster:
He was a two-way player in high school and was ranked as the No. 146 wide receiver in the nation by Minnesota has him listed as a linebacker, a position in which he made 70 tackles and four sacks as a senior at Cleveland Heights.
ALEX MAYES, OT, 6-foot-5, 285 pounds
Van Alstyne High School, Van Alstyne, Texas ranking: Three stars
About Mayes: ranked Mayes as the 54th-best offensive tackle in the nation. He started all four years at Van Alstyne and earned first-team all-district and honorable mention all-state honors as a senior.
DALETAVIUS MCGHEE, CB, 6-foot-1, 195 pounds
Cedar Grove High School, Ellenwood, Ga. ranking: Two stars
About McGhee: He was a late addition to the Gophers’ 2013 class, as he committed on Monday. As a two-way player in high school, McGhee made 89 tackles on defense and caught five passes for 61 yards during his senior season.
JALEN MYRICK, CB, 5-foot-10, 200 pounds
Savannah Christian Prep, Savannah, Ga. ranking: Two stars
About Myrick: Myrick brings speed to the Gophers’ secondary — he was the state runner-up in the 100-meter dash as a junior. At 200 pounds, Myrick has good size for a cornerback. He was also a running back in high school, rushing for 1,130 yards and 18 touchdowns as a junior.
DEMARIS PEPPERS, DT, 6-foot-3, 256 pounds
Fairley High School, Memphis ranking:
Two stars

About Peppers:
During his senior season at Fairley, Peppers had 57 tackles and led his team with 11 sacks and 17 tackles for loss. He took part in the 2012 Toyota Tennessee East-West All-Star Game.
OWEN SALZWEDEL, DE, 6-foot-6, 240 pounds
Beaver Dam High School, Beaver Dam, Wis. ranking:
Three stars
About Salzwedel: The Gophers poached Salzwedel from across the border as the lone Wisconsin native in this year’s recruiting class. He made 89 tackles in eight games as a senior, had 11 sacks and broke up eight passes. Salzwedel also plays basketball for Beaver Dam. pegs him as the nation’s 95th-best defensive end.
RYAN SANTOSO, K, 6-foot-5, 270 pounds
Pace High School, Pace, Fla. ranking: Two stars
About Santoso: He has the size of a lineman, but don’t let the numbers fool you: Santoso is indeed a kicker. He participated in the Under Armour All-America Game as a senior. has him ranked as the eighth-best kicker in the nation. Santoso also punted in high school.
CHRIS STREVELER, QB, 6-foot-2, 190 pounds
Marian Central Catholic High School, Woodstock, Ill. ranking: Two stars
About Streveler: As a senior, the dual-threat Streveler had a combined 3,521 yards and 48 touchdowns at Marian Central Catholic, including 2,397 passing yards. His only other Division I offer was from South Dakota State. Streveler is one of four signees already enrolled at Minnesota.

DAMIEN WILSON, MLB, 6-foot-2, 230 pounds
Jones County Junior College, Ellisville, Miss. ranking: Two stars
About Wilson: Wilson is one of three junior college commits in this year’s class. He made 122 tackles and added two sacks in nine games this season. Wilson spent his freshman season at Alcorn State University before transferring to Jones County.
CHRIS WIPSON, OLB, 6-foot-1, 210 pounds
Wayzata High School, Plymouth, Minn. ranking: Three stars
About Wipson: After signing 10 Minnesotans in last year’s recruiting class, the Gophers landed just one: Wipson. The Wayzata product tore his ACL in November. He had offers from several other schools, but Minnesota was the only Big Ten school to offer. Wipson was named first-team all-state and had 57 tackles before injuring his knee.
DREW WOLITARSKY, WR, 6-foot-3, 200 pounds
Canyon High School, Canyon Country, Calif. ranking: Three stars
About Wolitarsky: Wolitarsky is the all-time leading receiver in California history with 281 catches for 5,147 yards, breaking records held by current NFL receiver Steve Smith. Wolitarsky made 89 catches for 1,275 yards and 14 touchdowns as a senior.
NATE WOZNIAK, TE, 6-foot-9, 250 pounds
Center Grove High School, Greenwood, Ind. ranking: Three stars

About Wozniak:
Wozniak’s size might mean the Gophers convert him to an offensive lineman. Minnesota was able to pry Wozniak away from Miami and Purdue, which also offered the three-star recruit. ranked him as the No. 61 tight end in the country.

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