Minnesota’s 2020 recruiting class is now up to three members, following a verbal pledge from a defensive lineman.
On Thursday, defensive lineman C.J. West gave his commitment to Minnesota, making the announcement public via Twitter. His decision comes after a visit to the campus.
“I am glad to announce that I am 100% COMMITTED to the University of Minnesota,” West wrote on Thursday night.
Respect my decision. pic.twitter.com/HtOszzBPJd
— CJ West (@CJWest_52) March 1, 2019
West had seven other offers in addition to Minnesota, all of which were from FCS or MAC programs. He currently does not have any ratings from 247Sports.
A 6-foot-2, 290-pound product out of La Grange Park, Ill., West is the second defensive lineman and the first out-of-state player to commit to the Gophers. Minnesota also has a pledge from three-star defensive end Aaron Witt.
It’s obviously extremely early in the recruiting cycle, but Minnesota currently owns the 35th-best recruiting class in the country and ranks seventh in the B1G.