Minnesota’s 2020 recruiting class took another hit this week.
Tuesday evening, three-star defensive tackle C.J. West announced via Twitter his decision to decommit from Minnesota and reopen his recruitment. He had initially pledged to the Gophers in late February, but has had a change of heart.
“First I would like to thank my parents for all the sacrifices that you make for me. I would like to thank the coaching staff at Nazareth Academy, and I would like to thank the coaching staff at the University of Minnesota for making my Minnesota experience awesome,” West wrote. “I would like to announce that I am opening my recruitment and de-committing from the University of Minnesota. Thank you.”
My recruitment is now open. pic.twitter.com/7dvFjKApTq
— CJ West (@CJWest_52) May 21, 2019
West, an Illinois native, holds eight total offers as a member of the 2020 recruiting class. He’s currently ranked as one of the top 20 players out of his home state, according to 247Sports.
West’s announcement is another huge blow for the Gophers, which also lost a commitment from in-state defensive end Aaron Witt a week ago. He was also a three-star defensive lineman in the class.
Minnesota is now down to six recruits in the 2020 class.