National Signing Day: Gophers hauling in solid recruiting class


National Signing Day is here and the Golden Gophers football recruiting Class of 2015 looks stronger than it has in quite some time.

According to Rivals, head coach Jerry Kill and the rest of his staff have lured in the 50th-ranked recruiting class in the country and the eighth-best in the Big Ten.

Rivals ranked Minnesota's 2014 recruiting class eighth in the conference and last in both 2013 and 2012.

The player with the highest rating is Dior Johnson, a four-star safety from Michigan. Minnesotans who have signed with the Gophers so far are Chaska offensive lineman Bronson Dovich, Red Wing offensive lineman Nick Connelly, Hopkins strong safety Joey Mydra and Apple Valley quarterback Matthew Morse.

Two of the recruits gaining a lot of attention are running back Jonathan Femi-Cole and quarterback Demry Croft. Femi-Cole is a three-star player from Ontario, Canada and is known, according to the Star Tribune, for putting in eight-hour days at the gym. The Pioneer Press notes that Femi-Cole's friends nicknamed him "Little AP," after Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Here's a video clip showing him deadlifting 615 pounds; not bad for a senior in high school.

Recruiting guru Tom Lemming told the Pioneer Press that Croft, a 6-foot-6 dual threat quarterback from Rockford, Illinois, has the potential to be a "big-time" player.

Here's a look at all of the recruits that have signed thus far.

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