Minnesota Gophers 2015 football recruit capsules

BY foxsports • February 4, 2015

MINNEAPOLIS -- After another eight-win season, Gophers head coach Jerry Kill signed 24 scholarship players Wednesday to Letters of Intent on National Signing Day. Though this year's class lacks big-time recruits, there is plenty of talent among the many three-star prospects. Here's a look at all 24 scholarship players from Minnesota's 2015 recruiting class.

Rating: Two stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Beebe: His other reported offers were from Kansas and Air Force, but Beebe committed to the Gophers in December. It was announced in January that Beebe will play in the Kansas Shrine Bowl on July 25. He rushed for 13 touchdowns as a senior, but committed as a defensive end -- he had 514 tackles and 12 sacks as a four-year letter winner. Beebe was also a punter in high school.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Brooks: Brooks was a four-year letterwinner in high school and averaged 8.2 yards per carry during his career. During his senior season he rushed for a school record 2,223 yards and 32 touchdowns. Georgia Tech was one of the several other schools who offered Brooks a scholarship.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Buford: Buford was a high school teammate of fellow Gophers recruit Dior Johnson at Southfield High School. He missed most of his junior year with an injury but had a solid senior year at both wide receiver and cornerback, including three interceptions on defense and nine touchdowns as a receiver.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Connelly: Connelly is one of just two in-state recruits to commit to the Gophers this year. Ranked as one of the top offensive linemen in the state, Connelly also had offers from Illinois State, Montana State and Wyoming. He allowed just one sack during his senior season at Red Wing.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Scout), two stars (Rivals)

About Craighton: Minnesota hasn't had many players from Louisiana, so Craighton was a rare addition. Though he played safety in high school, he could profile as either a safety or cornerback with the Gophers.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Croft: The lone quarterback in this year's recruiting class, Croft is a dual threat who can run well. Viewed as one of the best quarterbacks in the state of Illinois, he also had offers from schools such as Northern Illinois, Kent State and Buffalo.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Scout), two stars (Rivals)

About DeLattiboudere: A late addition to the 2015 recruiting class, DeLattiboudere didn't commit until this past Sunday. He was named the Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Defensive Player of the Year last fall. He's still a bit undersized for a defensive end, however, and is still very young -- he just turned 17 last month.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Dovich: Dovich joins fellow offensive lineman Nick Connelly as the only other Minnesota native in this year's recruiting class. He committed to the Gophers way back in May as the first player in Jerry Kill's 2015 class. Dovich had another Big Ten offer from Rutgers but chose to stay in his home state

Rating: Three stars (Rivals, Scout), two stars (247 Sports)

About Femi-Cole: The Gophers went north of the border to recruit Femi-Cole, a running back who could soon compete for carries. Femi-Cole became a bit of a YouTube sensation when he posted a video of himself deadlifting 615 pounds during a workout. He was a bit under the recruiting radar, though, as Buffalo and Nevada were the only other schools to offer him. Femi-Cole rushed for 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Hall: Hall comes from the same high school in Alabama as future Gophers teammates KJ Maye and Gary Moore. He received offers from several other Big Ten schools, including Illinois and Maryland, as well as Wake Forest in the ACC.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports), two stars (Rivals, Scout)

About Hardin: Hardin comes to Minnesota via Webb City, where current Gophers head coach Jerry Kill started his head coaching career back in 1988. The biggest schools to offer Hardin a scholarship besides Minnesota were Army, Bowling Green and Northern Iowa.

Rating: Three stars (Rivals, 247 Sports), two stars (Scout)

About Huff: Jacob's twin brother, Julian, is also a member of this year's recruiting class as a two-star linebacker. Both Huff brothers are already enrolled at Minnesota. Jacob had 67 tackles during his senior season and also played tailback in high school.

Rating: Two stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Huff: He joins his brother, Jacob, as an early enrollee at the U of M. Huff was a first-team All-State linebacker in Illinois as a senior. Central Michigan, Illinois State and Toledo also offered Huff a scholarship.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Johannesson: The Gophers nabbed perhaps the best player from the state of North Dakota in Johannesson, a running back from Fargo who also had an offer from FCS powerhouse North Dakota State -- which plays in his hometown. He's one of three running backs in this year's class.

Rating: Four stars (Rivals), three stars (247 Sports, Scout)

About Johnson: Johnson was a late addition to this year's recruiting class, as he didn't commit to the Gophers until Jan. 28. But by almost all accounts, he's the highest-rated player Minnesota landed this year. Rivals gave him a four-star rating, the only Gopher in the 2015 class to earn that honor. Johnson had 79 tackles in addition to six pass breakups during his senior season.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Moore: The Texas native was a three-year starter on the offensive line in high school. He's one of four players who enrolled early at Minnesota. Moore had plenty of Division I offers, including Illinois, Oregon State and Texas.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Oseland: Rated as one of the top offensive linemen in Illinois, Oseland's list of Division I offers was impressive. Schools like Cal, Michigan State, Oregon, Louisville, Mississippi State and Arizona State, among others, all offered him a scholarship before Oseland ultimately chose Minnesota.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Scout), two stars (Rivals)

About Register: Register thrived on special teams in high school, returning three punts and three kickoffs for touchdowns while also scoring on a fake punt. He also played safety and returned three interceptions for touchdowns.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Rogers: The only junior college transfer in this year's recruiting class, Rogers began at Iowa State before transferring to Iowa Western Community College. He'll have two years of eligibility with the Gophers. As a sophomore last year he tallied 73 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Shenault: A multi-sport athlete in high school, Shenault also ran track at Lake Park and was a state champion hurdler. He picked Minnesota over Northern Illinois and Iowa State.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Stieber: Stieber had more than a dozen Division I offers, including Maryland, Illinois, and Rutgers. He registered 42 pancake blocks during his senior season.

Rating: Two stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Still: Still was a late bloomer, as he didn't start playing football until his junior season. As a senior he caught 49 passes for for 704 yards and snagged 11 touchdowns. The Gophers were reportedly his only Division I offer.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Rivals, Scout)

About Waters: Waters played on both sides of the ball in high school and racked up 78 tackles as a senior. He also rushed 29 times and found the end zone for nine touchdowns. He also had offers from Texas State and Nevada.

Rating: Three stars (247 Sports, Scout), two stars (Rivals)

About Witham: Witham helped lead his team to back-to-back state titles as a junior and senior. During his senior season, he caught 16 touchdown passes while also recording 81 tackles as a defensive end.

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