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Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting analysis: TE Gaelin Elmore

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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.

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