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Gophers add three-star wide receiver recruit

Erik Gibson, from Martin Luther King High School in Detroit, gave the Gophers a verbal commitment Saturday.


Western Michigan linebacker Robert Spillane decides not to transfer

Robert Spillane, whose transfer plans led to accusations that P.J. Fleck was recruiting his former players, decided to stay put at Western Michigan.


Gophers land commitment from Tyrik Henderson, a three-star CB from Illinois

Tyrik Henderson on Wednesday became the Gophers' 11th commitment for the Class of 2018, turning down offers from Iowa and Missouri, among others.


Georgia lineman's commitment moves U's 2018 class into nation's Top 10

Junior Azebu, an offensive lineman from Alpharetta, Ga., became the Gophers 10th commitment for the Class of 2018.


Demry Croft stands out at quarterback in Gophers spring game

Gophers quarterback Demry Croft took to the practice field at the Gibson-Nagrski Football Complex at the U of M, Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Sophomore Demry Croft led two touchdown drives Saturday in the Gophers annual spring game.


Gophers land Ohio receiver who had offers from Badgers, Penn State

Jornell Manns, from Mansfield, Ohio, announced his commitment to the Gophers on Thursday.


Fleck challenges student to catch punt -- and finds possible walk-on

The Gophers avoided extra running when Isaiah Whitmore caught a booming punt from Ryan Santoso. And Whitmore wasn't finished impressing the coach.


Rodney Smith connecting with Gophers' new running backs coach

Gophers running back Rodney Smith, shown working on drills during football practice last month, said he is learning a lot from new Gophers running backs coach Kenni Burns.

Smith, who rushed for 16 TDs last year as a sophomore, said he is learning a lot from new Gophers running backs coach Kenni Burns.


Gophers add offensive lineman Davis to 2017 recruiting class

Ben Davis shown in a Gophers uniform.

Ben Davis, a 6-4, 275-pound offensive tackle form American River College in Sacramento, Calif., signed with the Gophers. He'll enroll this summer and be eligible this fall, with four years to play three at Minnesota.


New Gophers defensive coordinator happy with what he's seeing

Minnesota defensive coordinator Robb Smith during football practice at the University of MinnesotaTuesday March 28 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.

Robb Smith, who came from Arkansas, said the Gophers top defensive priority will be stopping the run.


Behind-the-scenes TV series on P.J. Fleck could be in the works

Minnesota's Head Coach P.J. Fleck addressed the media regarding his recruits during National Signing Day, at TCF Bank Stadium, Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. ] (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES • eflores@startribune.com

The Gophers are in discussions with a TV production company about a potential four-part series on coach P.J. Fleck.


Fleck on safety Jacob Huff: 'All he does is make plays'

Jacob Huff, a junior from Bolingbrook, Ill., is boosting the Gophers depth at safety and one of the most improved players in spring practice.


Tyler Johnson continues to make strong impression on P.J. Fleck

Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson, shown last fall, has impressed coach P.J. Fleck during spring practice.

The former Minneapolis North star has impressed his new coach after fading a bit as a freshman wide receiver.


Jerry Kill says P.J. Fleck 'walked into a gold mine'

Minnesota's Head Coach P.J. Fleck addressed the media regarding his recruits during National Signing Day, at TCF Bank Stadium, Wednesday, February 1, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN. ] (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES • eflores@startribune.com

Former Gophers coach Jerry Kill said, "I am not crazy about [P.J. Fleck] saying they have to rebuild the program. ... We inherited a mess. [Fleck] has walked into a gold mine."


Austin Beier, an offensive lineman from Toledo, commits to Gophers

Austin Beier, who committed to Minnesota, also had reported offers from Northwestern, Indiana and Boston College.


P.J. Fleck impressed with Tyler Johnson, Demry Croft, Rodney Smith

Gophers wide receiver Tyler Johnson, shown last fall, has impressed coach P.J. Fleck during spring practice.

Gophers coach P.J. Fleck saw several things he liked at the team's latest spring practice.


Perham defensive tackle Richter commits to Gophers

The Gophers added their eighth commitment for the Class of 2018.


Abi Okonji, highly recruited DE from Georgia, commits to Gophers

The Gophers landed their seventh verbal commitment for the Class of 2018 on Saturday morning.


Fleck committed to 4-3 defense, even with thinner defensive end corps

Minnesota's Kamal Martin, left, defensive back Troy Dipre, and linebacker Carter Coughlin tackled Maryland's wide receiver D.J. Moore in the fourth quarter as they took on Maryland at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in College Park, MD, Saturday, October 15, 2016. ] (ELIZABETH FLORES/STAR TRIBUNE) ELIZABETH FLORES � eflores@startribune.com

The Gophers need to replace Hendrick Ekpe and now Gaelin Elmore at defensive end and may look to pass-rushing linebackers, such as Carter Coughlin, to fill the role.


Gophers quarterback battle: Fleck gives kudos to Rhoda, Croft, Morgan

Quarterback Conor Rhoda threw a pass during football practice at the University of MinnesotaTuesday March 21, 2017 in Minneapolis, MN.

It's very early in the process, but one thing about coach P.J. Fleck's quarterback analysis: He didn't mention redshirt freshman Seth Green.