As Jerry Kill continues to build his 2013 recruiting class, the third-year Gophers coach landed a verbal commitment from a 4-star, in-state running back in the class of 2014
Jeff Jones, a 6'0" 190-pound running back out of Minneapolis Washburn, gave an unexpected early commitment. He also had offers from Big Ten foes Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin, along with Syracuse.
"I wanted to be a part of something special, and I think we can do that here in my home state of Minnesota," Jones said when discussing his commitment to the University of Minnesota.
The shifty runner was named to the Rivals250 2014 list and becomes the first 4-star commitment in Jerry Kill's tenure.
Kill, 9-16 in his two years at Minnesota, has not lit the world on fire in recruiting elite talent to Minneapolis, but he has compiled an intriguing 2013 class following a verbal pledge from mammoth 6'9" tight end Nate Wozniak (Greenwood, Indiana) this week.
Also included in this year's class is another talented running back in Berkley Edwards, a 3-star recruit from Chelsea, Michigan and brother of NFL player Braylon Edwards.
National Signing Day is this coming Wednesday, when Edwards and the 15 others are expected to officially sign on with the Gophers.
Jones becomes the first member of Kill's 2014 class.
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Nebraska football has put at least one player in the Super Bowl for the last twenty consecutive years. That’s a remarkable streak, given that Nebraska is not usually thought of as a school that churns out NFL talent. That record, according to Randy Gregory on Huskers.com, is six better than the next-closest rival. In total, 52 Nebraska players have made a total of 67 appearances in the Super Bowl.
So when I saw that statistic, it got me thinking. What would it look like if we took all the Nebraska players in the Super Bowl and made an all-star team out of them? As I went through the project, it was interesting (and at times surprising) to see at what positions Nebraska alums were thin and where they were plentiful.
Included in the rosters are the Super Bowls each player was in, the year of the NFL season, and the teams the player represented. Unfortunately, if we carry the project to its logical conclusion, the head coach of the team would be Bill Callahan (XXXVII, 2001, Oakland Raiders). So while the team might be pretty good, I’m not sure how much I would stake on the Nebraska all-star squad winning the game. Thankfully, though, a particularly smart and handsome analyst has already told us Callahan wouldn’t throw the game.