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Latest DL Commit Makes 2021 Gophers Class Top-25; Early NSD is Next Week

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Early National Signing Day for NCAA football is one week from today (December 16) and the Minnesota Gophers will now have 18 signees. Luther McCoy is a big (6’4″, 290 lbs) defensive tackle from St. Augustine, FL. He’s the latest in a list of impressive 2021 DL commits that Chad Wilt and PJ Fleck pulled in.

Most, if not all of the 18 kids in this class are expected to sign National Letters of Intent next Wednesday. It’s always difficult to tell how good middling 3-star kids, like Luther McCoy, are but his highlight tape impressive. That swim move is devastating and he’s quick for such a big kid.

He chose Minnesota over offers from Florida State, Indiana, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Penn State, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Baylor, Cincinnati, Coastal Carolina AND MANY OTHERS.

He might not have the stars but the offers are definitely there. McCoy missed his first two seasons of high school football, due to injury. That could explain some of it.

Top-25 2021 Class

PJ Fleck’s been waiting years for this early-NSD to arrive. Now his 2021 class is back in the national recruiting top-25. This class includes PJ’s hand-picked future QB from 2 years ago, Athan Kaliakmanis, and four other high 4-star prospects, lead by .9451 CB, Avante Dickerson.

If Minnesota can have strong week, they could finish in the top-25 for the first time in the internet era. Tim Brewster’s class of 2008 was ranked #26. That class also had five 4-star commitments, the highest of which was (QB) MarQuise Gray.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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