The Minnesota Golden Gophers season ended in late December with a loss in the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas, but head coach Jerry Kill and his coaching staff have been hard at work securing the future of the program since.
Recruiting is a never-ending process and Kill knows it.
The Gophers have been trying to improve its offensive line for several years. Kill has a young group that appears headed to great things.
Kill has received one scholarship and two walk-on commits to add to the group.
Alex Mayes of Van Alstyne, Texas committed to Minnesota last June. He has not wavered, at least publicly. He also has offers from Arkansas State, Colorado, Colorado State, Connecticut, Houston, Kansas, Kansas State, New Mexico, Texas State and Texas-San Antonio. Rivals, ESPN and Scout rate him as a three-star prospect. ESPN lists his key trait as physicality.
Kill has recently received the two preferred walk-on commitments from De La Salle's Chad Fahning and Plymouth's Chandler Wright.
Fahning has a two-star rating from Rivals and Scout, but was not rated by ESPN. He had scholarship offers from Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Montana State, North Dakota, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Dakota State and Western Michigan.
Wright is not rated by any of the three sites and does not have a scholarship offer.
Rivals also lists Jomel Ribalta of Hialeah, Fla. as having a scholarship offer from the Gophers. He is uncommitted and has an offer from Florida A&M. The site says that he attended a summer camp at Miami (FL) last summer and is hoping to get an offer from them.
Rivals also lists 18 other offensive line prospects with medium or high interest in the Gophers, including Rochester John Marshall's Jackson Wilson (currently committed to Air Force), Apple Valley's A.J. Stockwell and Lakeville North's Zack Ziemer.