Gophers football: Six recruits from across the country commit to the U

Gophers football: Six recruits from across the country commit to the U

Cannonballs continued to land during the Gophers football program’s “Summer Splash” recruiting weekend on Sunday.

Minnesota added six commitments to close one of their biggest hosting events of the year.

Peoria, Ariz., offensive lineman Nick Spence started things off with a pledge at 9 a.m. The 6-foot-6, 290-pound, three-star recruit from Liberty High School had offers from Duke, Iowa State, San Diego State and others.

“Proud to announce my commitment to Minnesota!” Spence posted on social media.

Naples, Fla., receiver Bradley Martino gave his verbal just before 10 a.m. The 6-foot-3, 175-pound four-star prospect from Golden Gate High School had offers from Michigan State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Oregon State, Pittsburgh and more.

“I’d really like to give a social thanks to coach (P.J.) Fleck and the entire Minnesota coaching staff for making me feel welcome,” Martino wrote on social media. “All the support and guidance you have provided me throughout my recruitment process has been phenomenal.

“With that being said, after an awesome weekend I am committing to the University of Minnesota! ROW THE BOAT!”

Martino is now the Gophers’ second-highest rated recruit in next year’s class, behind Laguna Beach, Calif., quarterback Jackson Kollock.

Hoffman Estates, Ill., linebacker Nathan Cleveland put his commitment in writing just after 11 a.m. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound, three-star prospect was being courted by Kansas State, North Dakota State, Buffalo, Western Michigan and others.

“I want to thank Coach PJ Fleck (defensive coordinator Corey) Hetherman, (nickel backs coach Mariano) Sori-Marin and (defensive analyst Brett) Holinka,” Cleveland wrote.

Oradell, N.J., cornerback Naiim Parrish committed before noon. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound, three-star sprout from Bergen Catholic High School had an impressive offer list which included Wisconsin, Penn State, Michigan State, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia Tech and more.

“After an amazing weekend at The University of Minnesota, I’ve decided to join the #GopherNation family and make them my new home,” he posted on social media. “I’m 100% committed. Thank you to my coaches, teammates, and family for the support on this journey.”

Midlothian, Texas offensive lineman Nelson McGuire made it five commits just after noon. The 6-foot-4, 300-pound, three-star prospect had offers from a lot of in-state schools such as Texas Tech, Baylor, Southern Methodist, Houston as well as Kansas State and others.

“I’m 100% Committed to University of Minnesota!!! Blessed! Let’s Work!” he wrote on social media.

Portland, Ore., offensive lineman Zac Stascausky checked in with a pledge just before 1 p.m. The 6-foot-6, 275-pound, three-star recruit had offer from across the West Coast, from UCLA to Arizona, Arizona State, Oregon State, Cal, UNLV, Washington State and others.

“After an amazing weekend in Minneapolis I am pound to announce my commitment to the University of Minnesota,” Stascausky said on social media.

The Gophers have 18 commits in their 2025 recruiting class. The weekend started off with three-star defensive lineman Abe Tarawallie, of Heritage Christian Academy in Maple Grove, pledging to the U on Friday.

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