The Minnesota Golden Gophers haven’t been able to throw the ball with any consistency for several years now.
A big part of that is the wide receiver group. The team’s No. 1 receiver for each of the last two seasons were walk-on players that arrived at Minnesota with very little expectations - no fan fare, no hype.
Isaac Fruechte and Logan Hutton are the elder statesmen as fifth-year seniors. They have different skill sets that make them main parts of the receiver rotation. Fruechte is a receiver and Hutton is a very good blocker.
The playmakers, however, will be second and third-year players. Junior K.J. Maye is the smaller speedy, slot receiver type. Sophomores Donovahn Jones and Drew Wolitarsky are big downfield threats. Redshirt freshman Eric Carter is not a big receiver, but will become more of a factor this season.
There are 14 returning receivers from last season and five of them could be the team’s leading receiver. That number does not include tight ends, running backs or possible incoming freshmen. The returning receiver group has several talented players, but none has stepped up and proven to be the go-to guy.
The Gophers do not have a commitment from a wide receiver so far in this class. They are still in the mix for four receivers.
Melvin Holland Jr. from Briar Woods High School in Ashburn, Va. has drawn rave reviews of late and is the most likely receiver for the Gophers to land. He is big and fast and could be an immediate impact playmaker.
Brayden Lenius from Chaminade High School in West Hills, Calif. is a late bloomer that, according to Rivals, is down to three schools - Minnesota, Miami (FL) and Washington State.
Rashad Canty from Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Ga. is a soft commit to Appalachian State, but still has interest in Minnesota and Boise State.
The Gophers have the interest of Torrodd Carter from Westerville South High School in Columbus, Ohio. He has not drawn a lot of interest, but has seven offers - mostly from MAC schools.
According to Rivals, the Gophers offered 27 wide receivers in this season’s class. Twenty-one have committed elsewhere, including two to other Big Ten teams and one to Northern Illinois.