Minnesota’s drought on the recruiting trail has finally come to an end.

On Sunday, the Golden Gophers received a verbal commitment from 3-star cornerback Justin Walley, a native of Biloxi, Mississippi. He held nine other offers, picking Minnesota over Auburn, Ole Miss, Mississippi State and others.

Walley made his announcement with a post on Twitter. He became the 16th player in the 2021 class to commit to Minnesota, and was the program’s first commitment in the class since May.

“I would like to thank all of the programs, recruiters and coaches that saw my potential and offered me an opportunity to play for their school,” Walley wrote. “With that being said, I would like to announce that I am 110% committed to the University of Minnesota.”

Walley is a 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back who ranks as the No. 56 corner in the 2021 class, per 247Sports. He’s listed as the No. 690 player overall, regardless of position and the No. 12 prospect out of Mississippi.

During the 2019 season, Walley registered 74 tackles, 7 pass break-ups, 7 forced fumbles, 3 tackles for loss and an interception. He played on both sides of the football and also runs track in the spring.

With Walley’s commitment, the Gophers rank 23rd nationally in the recruiting rankings and sit 6th in the B1G.