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Minnesota announces recruiting class

Minnesota has announced its 2012 recruiting class, which includes 31 members (25 incoming freshmen and six junior-college players). Before the oversigning complaints begin, remember that the junior-college players don't count in the same class and help Minnesota address numbers issues in older classes.

Eight players are already enrolled at the school.

Here are the signees:

Duke Anyanwu, Athlete

Jeremy Baltazar, S/CB*

Briean Boddy, CB*

Cedric Dicke, DB**

Scott Ekpe, DT*

Isaac Fruechte, WR*

James Gillum, RB*

Jamel Harbison, WR

Tyler Hartmann, DL**

Isaac Hayes, OL

Jordan Hinojosa, DT

Ben Holcomb, DB**

Antonio Johnson, DB

Ronald Johnson, DT

Alex Keith, DE

Ben Lauer, OT

Mitch Leidner, QB

Jack Lynn, LB

KJ Maye, Athlete

Andre McDonald, WR

John McKelvey, Athlete**

Eric Murray, CB

Philip Nelson, QB*

Jonah Pirsig, OT

Lincoln Plsek, Athlete

Nick Rallis, LB

Martez Shabazz, CB*

Yoshoub Timms, DT

Damarius Travis, DB

Maxx Williams, TE

Rodrick Williams, RB

*-currently enrolled

**-signed acceptance of admission form

The class features players from 13 states, including 10 from Minnesota, four from Texas and three from Florida. The class has 16 defenders, 11 offensive players and four athletes who could play on either side.

"The most important thing for us was to make sure we got kids that fit in here at the University of Minnesota with our system and what we expect," Gophers coach Jerry Kill said in a release. "I think we did that. And then of course we needed to improve the athleticism and speed in our football program and I think we did that, too."