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Gophers get big win on recruiting trail before spring game starts

What was the final score of the Minnesota Gophers spring game? Who really cares when the coaching staff was able to snag a verbal commitment from the state’s No. 1 ranked player shortly before the game started.

That’s right, the Minnesota Gophers won a massive recruiting battle to keep star offensive lineman Blaise Andries right at home.

The 6-6, 290-pound Andries announced his commitment to the Gophers on Saturday morning via Twitter:

Minnesota won a big battle with the likes of Michigan State, Oklahoma, Nebraska, TCU, Penn State, Arkansas and Florida offering the Marshall, Minn. product.

It was the first commitment for the Gophers’ 2017 class, and a huge help in turning a big corner for new head coach Tracy Claeys. It was also a bit unexpected, as Andries was supposed to be heading to unofficially visit Oklahoma this weekend.

He canceled that trip and brought his family with him for a visit to the University of Minnesota instead.

Nabbing the No. 35-ranked offensive tackle and the No. 315-ranked player overall as the first commitment of the class is a huge help towards building momentum heading in to the spring and summer evaluation periods.

As for the spring game? It was 19-7 Gold beating the White team in front of a hardy and sparse crowd at TCF Bank stadium. Let’s just say it wasn’t so pretty…if you were a member of the white offense that is…

Andy Coppens is the Founder and Publisher of Talking10. He’s a member of the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) and has been covering college sports in some capacity since 2008. You can follow him on Twitter @AndyOnFootball

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