Minnesota has landed its first commitment of the 2022 recruiting class.

On Thursday, 4-star defensive end Trey Bixby of Lakewood, Ohio became the first player in the 2022 cycle to verbally commit to Minnesota. He made his announcement with a post on Twitter.

Bixby picked Minnesota over offers from seven other programs. Arizona State, Indiana, Toledo, Penn State, Michigan State, Cincinnati, Arkansas and Boston College also showed interest.

At 6-foot-5, 245 pounds, Bixby brings an intimidating frame to the defensive line. Though his arrival to Minnesota is still a bit into the future, he should compete for snaps early in his career.

Bixby is ranked as the No. 8 player out of the talent-rich state of Ohio and is listed as the No. 13 strong-side defensive end in the 2022 class. Overall, he comes in at No. 213, per 247Sports Composite Rankings.

P.J. Fleck has seen plenty of recent success on the recruiting front due to Minnesota’s 11-2 season in 2019. Right now, the Golden Gophers own the No. 27 recruiting class nationally in the 2021 class, sitting No. 6 in the B1G.