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 are expected to some to have its entire stable of running backs next season. That did not stop the Gophers from getting Chelsea, Mich. Rivals, ESPN and Scout.com all list him as a three-star recruit. Rivals ranks him as the ninth best all-purpose back in the nation. The 5-foot-9-inch, 185-pound brother of NFL wide receiver Braylon committed to Minnesota over offers from Ball State, Bowling Green, Buffalo, California, Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Northern Illinois and Western Michigan. ESPN lists his best traits as speed and hands.
If he is as fast as advertised (listed as running a 4.39 40-yard dash), he could be the perfect speed compliment to the gluttony of power backs on the Gopher roster.
According to Rivals, 20 other running backs - tailbacks or fullbacks - have medium or high interest in the Gophers, including Robbinsdale Cooper's B.J. Kellogg and Champlin Park's Michael Sales. However, the website reports that of the 20 interested only fullback Harold Atkinson of Myrtle Beach, SC, all-purpose back Chris Davis of Cincinnati, Ohio and running back Raphael Webb of Gainesville, Fla. have a scholarship offer from the Gophers.