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Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting analysis: TE Brandon Lingen

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High School: Wayzata

Hometown: Wayzata, Minn.

Position: Tight End

Height: 6-5

Weight: 255

My Assessment: He is a lock-on blocker that does not allow opposing defenders near the ball carrier. Blocking is his best asset. He is not the most athletic tight end in the Gopher recruiting class, but uses his body and hands well to make the catch.

Overview: Rivals lists him as the No. 5 recruit in Minnesota, while ESPN and 247Sports rank him sixth - three-star prospect, according to ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports and Scout - is the No. 23 tight end in the nation according to Scout, while ESPN has him at No. 41 and 247Sports has him at No. 79.

ESPN Analysis: Possesses good combination of height and bulk - good playing strength - more of an underneath-to-intermediate target that flashes an adequate feel for the soft spots working against zone coverage - good job selling a block before releasing - solid hands with the ability to extend and catch the ball away from his body - ability to open up and adjust to passes thrown behind him - experience working from an in-line position and gives good effort as a blocker - when he gets locked on can be tough to beat - ability to come off the ball low and deliver a solid pop - solid lower body strength and good tenacious - can generate push and will try and finish blocks.

High School: Attends Wayzata High School - Trojans went 6-3 - caught 15 passes for 139 yards and four touchdowns in nine games as a senior - punishing blocker for team that rushed for 1,706 yards - named All-Metro by KARE11 and second team All-Metro by the Star Tribune - made four catches for 46 yards in an injury-shortened 2012 season - coached by Brad Anderson.



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