Minnesota Golden Gopher head coach Jerry Kill wants guys with the right the character, attitude and passion. He also wants good football players that fit his system.
The Minnesota Golden Gopher football team signed 19 players on National Signing Day that the coaching staff hopes will fit those traits over their remaining eligibility.
Here is one of those recruits; wide receiver Eric Carter.
High School: Lake Gibson (Fla.)
Hometown: Lakeland, Fla.
My analysis: Limited viewing - sets up his double moves well - catches the ball with his hands - good but not great speed - can make defenders miss, but does not have elite elusiveness - very good ball skills - finesse blocker that relies more on getting in the way than overpowering defenders.
ESPN's analysis: Very productive target in the passing game with versatility and comfort level to play just about anywhere including Wildcat quarterback - gets open, has consistent hands and is a sharp route runner in the short and intermediate passing game - surges off the ball and gets to top speed quickly - does a nice job setting defenders up with double moves and stutters - attacks the football when it is in the air - will leap, dive and extend above his head and away from his frame to snag balls thrown his way - very good on crossing routes, knowing when to gear down - can stretch the seam and will make plays over the middle of the field and in traffic.
GopherSports.com Overview: Earned a three-star ranking from Rivals.com and two-stars from Scout.com - Listed as the No. 76 wide receiver in the nation and the No. 95 overall prospect in Florida by Rivals.com - Ranked as the No. 246 wide receiver in the nation by Scout.com - Caught 54 passes for 801 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior - Also completed two passes, including one touchdown, and ran for one score - Led the Braves to a perfect 10-0 regular season record (first in school history) and the 2012 Class 6A District 10 title - Invited to he Florida Athletic Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star Football Classic - Recorded 865 receiving yards on 49 receptions as a junior, which included six touchdowns - Coached by Keith Demyer.