Gophers add four-star Illinois offensive tackle to 2021 class

The Gophers' seven four-star recruits in the 2021 class are the most in the internet era.
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Cameron James

The Minnesota Golden Gopher football team added another four-star recruit to its 2021 class on Sunday, receiving a commitment from Illinois offensive tackle Cameron James.

James stands 6-foot-8 and 280 pounds and was ranked as the No. 31 offensive tackle in the country per 247Sports. GopherHole.com's Daniel House called James' recruitment a big win for the Gophers as his athleticism is a perfect fit for their zone-blocking scheme.

"Within his film clips, James uses above-average movement skills to his advantage," House explained. "When he was asked to pull in space for runs or screens, he frequently hit the second and third levels. In Minnesota’s zone-blocking scheme, it is important to recruit offensive linemen with above-average athletic traits"

With the recruitment of James, the Gophers added their seventh four-star recruit in the 2021 class, the most in the internet era of recruiting. In addition, Gopher Illustrated's Ryan Burns pointed out that the Gophers have landed four of the top nine players in the state of Illinois, including quarterback Athan Kaliakmanis, running back Mar'Keise Irving and athlete Sam Jackson.

With that group joining cornerbacks Stephen Ortiz Jr. and Avante Dickerson, the Gophers now have the fifth-ranked recruiting class in the nation and the second in the Big Ten behind Ohio State, who has the top-ranked class in 247Sports composite rankings.

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