Minnesota Golden Gophers 2021 recruiting class



Early national signing day for the Class of 2021 football recruits took place Wednesday and it looks like the Minnesota Golden Gophers reloaded with a talented class.

Minnesota brought in 17 scholarship players, one preferred walk-on and a grad transfer in their 2021 class.

Here’s a capsules summary of all 19 of the newest Gophers:

Austin Booker, DL (Center Grove HS; Greenwood, Ind.)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. …  Helped lead his team to the 2020 Class 6A Indiana state title game … Recorded 67 tackles and eight sacks as a junior.

 

Brady Boyd, WR (Southlake Carroll HS; Southlake, Texas)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … He’s still currently playing as a senior and has caught 22 passes for 416 yards and seven touchdowns in four games. … He caught 66 passes for 972 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

 

 

Lemeke Brockington, WR (Colquitt County HS; Moultrie, Ga.)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Named Region 1-7A Athlete of the Year after totaling 23 receptions for 527 yards and six touchdowns as a senior. … Played WR and DB in high school. … Ended his prep career ranked second in school history in receiving yards (2,054) and touchdown receptions (25) and fifth in receptions (106). … He caught 53 receptions for 923 yards and 13 touchdowns as he was named All-State as a junior.

 

Deven Eastern, DL (Shakopee HS)

Four-star recruit by 247 Sports and ESPN. … Three-star recruit by Rivals. … Helped team get to second straight 6AA Sectional Championship in 2020. … Had 64 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, seven sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery as a senior. … Had 54 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and one fumble recovery as a junior.

 

Jameson Geers, TE (Providence Catholic HS; New Lenox, Ill.)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Did not play football in 2020 because the state of Illinois did not sanction high school football due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Jack Gibbens, LB (Abilene Christian University / Smithson Valley HS; Bulverde, Texas)

Grad transfer. … Finished with 258 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, seven sacks and five interceptions in four years at Abilene Christian. … He recorded 4.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble and one interception in six games in 2020. …  2020 Campbell Trophy Finalist. … 2019 First Team CoSIDA Academic All-American. … 2019 First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District 7. … 2019 Southland Conference All-Academic. … 2018 Southland Conference Honorable Mention.

 

Darius Green, DB (Newton HS; Covington, Ga.)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … He recorded 97 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, four sacks and one interception as a senior. … Recorded a 10.6 100m time in track and field.

 

Mar’Keise Irving, RB (Hillcrest HS; Country Club Hills, Ill.)

Four-star recruit by 247 Sports. … Three-star recruit by Rivals and ESPN. … Did not play football in 2020 because the state of Illinois did not sanction high school football due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … finished his prep career with 3,264 rushing yards and 587 receiving yards. … He rushed for 1,733 yards and 22 touchdowns and recorded 405 receiving yards and four touchdowns as a junior. … Was named All-State and Conference Player of the Year in 2019. … Helped lead his team to the 2018 state semifinals.

 

Cameron James, OL (Simeon Career Academy; Chicago)

Four-star recruit by 247 Sports. … Three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals. … Did not play football in 2020 because the state of Illinois did not sanction high school football due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

Athan Kaliakmanis, QB (Antioch HS; Antioch, Ill.)

Four-star recruit by 247 Sports and ESPN. … Three-star recruit by Rivals. … Did not play football in 2020 because the state of Illinois did not sanction high school football due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Helped lead his prep team to a Northern Lake County Conference title in 2019 as a junior. … Set school single-season records for passing yards (2,083) and passing touchdowns (26) as a sophomore rushed for 610 yards and 11 touchdowns. … Led team to the 2018 Class 6A state quarterfinals. … He completed 86 passes for 1,205 yards as a freshman.

 

Dino Kaliakmanis, WR (Antioch HS; Antioch, Ill.)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Did not play football in 2020 because the state of Illinois did not sanction high school football due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Caught 34 receptions for 593 yards and 4 touchdowns as a junior. … Helped team advance to a Northern Lake County Conference title in 2019. … Caught 36 receptions for 594 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore. … Helped team advance to Class 6A state quarterfinals in the 2018 season.

 

Eli Mau, LB (Chanhassen HS)

Preferred walk-on. … Two-star recruit by 247 Sports. … Named a finalist for the 2020 Mr. Football award for the state of Minnesota. … Selected to the 2020 Star Tribune All-Metro first-team defense. … Recorded 42 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks in five games as a senior. … Led the team to an unbeaten season and a sub-district championship. … Recorded 87 tackles, three sacks and kicked five field goals as a junior.

 

Luther McCoy, DL (Creekside HS; Saint Augustine, Fla.)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Made 30 tackles and one sack as a senior. … Recorded 39 tackles and 4.5 sacks as a junior.

 

Dylan McGill, WR (Mesquite HS; Mesquite, Texas)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Threw for 1,199 and 12 touchdowns and rushed for 936 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior.

 

Steven Ortiz Jr., DB (Desert Edge HS; Goodyear, Ariz.)

Four-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Recorded 35 tackles and two interceptions as a senior. … Helped lead team to an undefeated regular season and its first appearance in the AIA’s Open Division Playoffs in school history. … Recorded 83 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery and helped lead the team to the state 4A championship game as a junior. … Finished with 57 tackles, five interceptions and two fumble recoveries as a sophomore.

 

Logan Purcell, OL (Annandale HS)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … He also played defensive end in high school.

 

Jacob Schuster, DL (Tumwater HS; Tumwater, Wash.)

Four-star recruit by 247 Sports. … Three-star recruit by ESPN and Rivals. … Did not play football in 2020 because the state of Washington did not sanction high school football due to the COVID-19 pandemic. … Recorded 61 tackles, 26 tackles for loss and 9.5 sacks and helped lead his team to a 2019 Class 2A Washington state title as a junior. … Named 2A Player of the Year, All-Area First Team, Seattle Times All-State Defense.

 

Justin Walley, DB (D’Iberville HS; D’Iberville, Miss.)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Rivals ranked him as the No. 9 prospect in Mississippi. … Led team to 10-1 record and Region 4-6A title as he was named Class 6A Mississippi Mr. Football as a senior. … He recorded 55 tackles, two interceptions and two blocked kicks his senior year. … On offense, he rushed 106 times for 1,005 yards and 19 touchdowns and caught 28 passes for 329 yards and one touchdown. … Finished with 74 tackles and one interception as a junior.

 

Devon Williams, LB (Dublin Coffman HS; Dublin, Ohio)

Three-star recruit by 247 Sports, ESPN and Rivals. … Named Second Team All-State and 2020 Ohio Capital Conference Defensive Player of the Year as a senior. … Named to the Ohio All-Central District First-Team Defense for Division 1 and was selected to the 2020 Ohio Capital Conference First-Team. … He was an All-Central District honorable mention in 2017.





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