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It's official. Washburn's Jeff Jones to play for Gophers

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Good news for Golden Gopher football fans. Minnesota's top high school football player will be coming to TCF Bank Stadium this fall.

Minneapolis Washburn running back Jeff Jones made it official on National Signing Day Wednesday that he will be playing at the University of Minnesota this fall.

Students, faculty and fans flocked into the Washburn gymnasium that morning for a ceremony where Jones, who led the Millers to the Section 3AAAA Championship before falling to Apple Valley would reveal where he would play college football.

The program began with a few words from Washburn head football coach Giovan Jenkins who described the day as a special day for the Minneapolis high school.

"We are all very blessed to witness this today," Jenkins said.

Then came the moment Miller fans were waiting for as it was Jones' turn to speak. He thanked all the people for attending and the answer to his collegiate choice was revealed when he pulled out a maroon cap with a gold M in the middle.

Jones mentioned how he decided to play for Golden Gopher head coach Jerry Kill. "Great opportunity to come in and contribute right away."

He also mentioned about thew roller coaster recruiting process. "it's been good and had its ups and downs."

Jones will be the first football player from Washburn to play for the Gophers since defensive lineman Ra'Shede Hageman. He expected to be a high draft pick in the 2014 NFL Draft this spring.

As for Jones, could he be the final piece to put the Gophers into a New Year's Day Bowl for the first time since the 1962 Rose Bowl? Practice begins in August.

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