What a weekend for P.J. Fleck and Minnesota.

Saturday night, the Golden Gophers received verbal pledges from two huge offensive linemen out of IMG Academy in Florida. Four-star guard Curtis Dunlap and three-star tackle Daniel Faalele both committed to Fleck and Minnesota.

Both made the announcement via Twitter.


Dunlap is a top 200 player according to 247Sports and ranks No. 6 among guards and No. 34 from the state of Florida. Faalele, though only a three-star prospect, has a massive 6-foot-8, 400-pound frame.  He’s ranked in the top 400 and is the 29th-best tackle of the 2018 class.

Both players received more than 20 offers from FBS programs but both settled on Minnesota after visiting campus Saturday night.

These are huge additions for the Gophers, not just because of their enormous size or incredible talent, but because of Minnesota’s depth issues on the offensive line. Last season, the Gophers’ front line struggled with health and quality talent.

Dunlap and Faalele should be able to have an immediate impact for Fleck and the Gophers.

With the addition of Dunlap and Faalele, the Gophers now have 25 commits in the 2018 class, which ranks 26th nationally and sixth in the B1G, per 247Sports. Dunlap is now the highest-rated pledge of the class and is only the second four-star commit for Minnesota, joining receiver Rashod Bateman.

Faalele is the third-best prospect of the class.