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Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting analysis: TE Gaelin Elmore

The Minnesota Golden Gophers added more tight end depth by signing Gaelin Elmore to their class of 2014.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers added more tight end depth by signing Gaelin Elmore to their class of 2014.
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High School: Somerset

Hometown: Somerset, Wis.

Position: Tight End

Height: 6-6

Weight: 246

My Assessment: He is an outstanding blocker. He loves contact. He hits defenders, not the other way around. He looks for the knock-out block and usually makes it. He can single-handedly open a hole. As a receiver, he can go up and make plays downfield. He can make the catch in traffic. He is not going to create the matchup problems Maxx Williams can, but will be a very good all-around tight end.

Overview: Listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN, Scout, Rivals and 247Sports - Rivals lists him as the fourth-best player in Wisconsin, while 247Sports has him as the sixth-best prospect and ESPN has him ninth - Rivals tabs him as the No. 22 tight end in the nation, while ESPN has him at No. 24 - Scout has him as the No. 26 tight end recruit in the country and 247Sports has him at No. 28.

ESPN Analysis: Very good height and good bulk - above average playing strength - has a good frame to shield defenders or contested throws - good size and will go up for the ball - displays ability to consistently catch the ball away from his frame and ability to extend and catch the ball above his shoulders - flashes a good initial burst to get into defenders and can deliver a nice initial pop at contact - good lower body strength - flashes some nastiness as a blocker - tight end with good size and the tools to develop into a productive blocker and solid contributor as a receiving target.

High School: Attends Somerset High School - helped the Spartans post an 11-2 record and make the state semifinals as a senior in 2013 - led team in receptions (7) and receiving yards (129) and also caught one touchdown (team passed for 431 yards and seven touchdowns during his senior season) - effective blocker in team’s run-heavy offense that rushed for 2,969 yards - second on team with 72 tackles (43 solo) and led the state of Wisconsin with 28 tackles-for-a-loss - recorded 11 sacks and forced seven fumbles - broke up seven passes and recovered one fumble - named first team All-State on defense as a DE/OLB - ended career with 19 catches for 375 yards and six touchdowns - was only non-senior starter on Somerset’s 12-1 state championship team in 2012 - also a 1,000-point scorer in basketball - football coach was Bruce Larson.