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2006 Gopher Football Recruiting Class

2006 Gopher Football Signees

Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown / School ESPN Rivals Scout
Dominic Alford OL 6-3 305 Cleveland, Ohio / Shaker Heights HS 40 2 2
Tommy Becker LB 6-2 230 Wayzata, Minn. / Wayzata HS 71 3 2
Andy Brinkhaus OL 6-3 275 Bloomington, Minn. / Thomas Jefferson HS 40 2 2
Garrett Brown DL 6-2 285 New Haven, Conn. / Fairfield College Prep 70 3 2
R.J. Buckner DB 5-11 190 Keller, Texas / Harvest Christian Academy 40 2 2
D.J. Burris OL 6-2 278 Kenton, Ohio / Kenton HS 40 3 2
Brylee Callender RB 6-0 200 Lakeville, Minn. / Feather River JC/Lakeville NR 3 3
Lee Campbell LB 6-3 220 Naples, Fla. / Gulf Coast HS 40 2 2
Duran Cooley DB 6-0 205 Los Angeles, Calif. / Reedley JC NR 2 NR
Willie Dyson DL 6-3 228 Ballwin, Mo. / Kirkwood HS 40 2 3
Eric Ellestad K 6-2 170 Brooklyn Park, Minn. / Armstrong HS 40 2 2
Ben Fischer WR 6-1 180 Wausau, Wis. / Wausau East HS 65 2 2
Jamar Howard WR 6-4 200 Cincinnati, Ohio / Withrow HS 75 3 3
E.J. Jones RB 5-9 185 Edwardsville, Ill. / Edwardsville HS 40 2 2
Daron Love DB 6-1 185 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. / William T Dwyer HS NR NR NR
Robert McField DL 6-6 235 St. Louis, Mo. / Normandy HS 40 3 2
Sean McWhirter DL 6-3 245 Maple Plain, Minn. / Orono HS 75 3 3
Josh Robertson DB 5-11 175 Harrisburg, Pa. / Lackawanna JC/CDE HS NR 2 2
Terrence Sherrer RB 5-11 195 Cincinnati, Ohio / Colerain HS 72 3 2
Adam Weber QB 6-3 210 Shoreview, Minn. / Mounds View HS 74 3 3
Mike Wey LB 6-3 235 Oak Creek, Wis. / Oak Creek HS 40 2 2

Dominic Alford, OL, 6-3, 305, Cleveland, Ohio (Shaker Heights HS)
Named the 2005 Lake Erie League Lineman of the Year…named to the 2005 Cleveland Plain Dealer first-team All-County Team and was a second-team all-state choice his senior season…was a first-team all-city, all-area, all-district and all-conference selection in 2005…selected to play in the Ohio vs. Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Game…served as team captain his senior season…helped lead his team to the Lake Erie League championship and state playoffs both his junior and senior season…also lettered in track, competing in the shot put and discus…plans to major in sports management…high school coach is Dave Sedmak…son of Terry Alford and Barbara Herbert…born 2/22/88.

Tommy Becker, LB, 6-2, 230, Wayzata, Minn. (Wayzata HS)
Named all-state by the Associated Press and Pioneer Press in 2005…selected to the 2005 Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America Team…two-time All-Classic Lake selection and 2005 Star Tribune and KARE-11 All-Metro choice…ranked as the 47th-best inside linebacker in the nation by Rivals…tabbed as the No.1 linebacker in the state by Minnesota Preps…helped lead team to a 13-1 record and state championship his senior season… team captain his senior year…tallied 99 tackles with 20 tackles-for-loss, five sacks, a pass break up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 2005…registered 235 tackles and 29 tackles-for-loss during his career…plans to major in business…high school coach is Brad Anderson…son of Tony and Mary Becker…born 6/28/87.

Andy Brinkhaus, OL, 6-3, 275, Bloomington, Minn. (Thomas Jefferson HS)
Selected to the 2005 Associated Press All-State Team…was a two-time All-Lake Conference performer and was a 2005 Star Tribune and KARE-11 All-Metro selection… three-year letterwinner who helped lead his team to eight-win seasons his junior and senior seasons…was also a three-year letterwinner in track…is undecided on major…high school coach is Jon Leverenz…son of Richard and Mary Brinkhaus…will join brother, Tony, who was an honorable-mention All-Big Ten offensive tackle with the Gophers last season …born 8/3/88.

Garrett Brown, DL, 6-2, 285, New Haven, Conn. (Fairfield College Prep School)
Named to the 2005 New Hampshire Register and Hartford Courant All-State Teams… all- county selection by the Connecticut Post in 2005…was also named all-area and all- conference his junior and senior seasons… selected to the 2005 Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America Team…ranked as the 64th-best defensive tackle in the nation by Rivals…totaled 129 tackles with nine sacks, 22 tackles-for-loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries his senior season…accumulated 315 tackles with 21 sacks and 50 tackles-for-loss for his career…served as team captain his senior year…also lettered in hockey and lacrosse…plans to major in sports management…high school coach is Richard Magdon…son of Michael and Sheree Brown…born 9/20/88.

R.J. Buckner, DB, 5-11, 190, Keller, Texas (Harvest Christian Academy)
Tallied 44 tackles with seven tackles-for-loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble in 2005…registered two interceptions and eight pass breakups his senior season…also lettered in basketball and track…A+ Honor Roll student and class salutatorian…member of National Honor Society…plans on majoring in chemical engineering…high school coach is George Teague…son of Richard and Helen Buckner… born 11/5/87.

D.J. Burris, OL, 6-2, 278, Kenton, Ohio (Kenton HS)
Three-time first-team Associated Press All-Ohio selection and all-district choice…named to the Western Buckeye League First Team his junior and senior seasons…named the 2005 Western Buckeye League and Northwest Ohio District Lineman of the Year…two-time Lima News “Big School All-Star”…named to the Ohio High School Football Coaches Association’s “Tremendous 26” his senior season…ranked as the 15th-best center in the nation by Rivals…selected to play in the Ohio vs. Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Game…three-time state champion in powerlifting and three-year letterwinner in track…Honor Roll Student… two-time Western Buckeye League Sportsmanship Award recipient…plans on majoring in pre-med…high school coach is Mike Mauk…son of Brent and Sharon Burris…born 7/11/ 87.

Brylee Callender, RB, 6-0, 200, Lakeville, Minn. (Feather River JC/Lakeville HS)
Junior College – Ranked as the eighth-best overall running back and the 81st-best player overall among the College Football News Junior College Top 100…named to the 2005 Region I All-California First Team…was selected to the 2005 Mid-Empire All-Conference Team at tailback and as an all-purpose performer…tallied 647 yards on 97 carries with 14 total touchdowns in 2005…team captain and MVP in 2005…High School – Named to the Associated Press and Pioneer Press All-State Team and the Star Tribune All-Metro Team in 2003…rushed 266 times for 2,132 yards with 40 total touchdowns in leading the Panthers to a 14-0 record and the Class 5A Championship his senior year…rushed 26 times for 226 yards and two scores in the 2003 state championship and 22 times for 266 yards with three touchdowns in the state semifinals…plans on majoring in education…junior college coach was Rob Cushman…high school coach was Larry Thompson…son of Troy and Traci Friedges…born 9/20/85.

Lee Campbell, LB, 6-3, 220, Naples, Fla. (Gulf Coast HS)
Was a first-team all-state and all-county performer at linebacker in 2005…selected the region’s Player of the Year his senior season…two-time all-city, all-conference and all- area performer in 2004 and 2005… tallied 151 tackles with 29 tackles-for-loss, four sacks, eight forced fumbles, an interception and a fumble recovery in 2005…four-year letterwinner in wrestling…is currently the top-ranked wrestler in Florida at 215 pounds with a record of 29-0…A Honor Roll student…Presidential Academic Award winner and National Honor Society member… plans on majoring in business…high school coach is Frank Tudryn…son of Jack and Mary Campbell…born 8/11/88.

Willie Dyson, DL, 6-3, 228, Ballwin, Mo. (Kirkwood HS)
Named all-city, all-county, all-conference, all-area and all-state in 2004 and 2005… selected to the 2005 Army Preseason All-America Team…ranked as the 39th-best overall defensive end in the nation by Scout…named one of the top 20 players in Missouri by Rivals…registered 328 tackles with 56 tackles-for-loss, 40 sacks, 14 pass breakups, 13 forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries for his career…helped lead his team to back- to-back 10-win seasons in his junior and senior years…also lettered in track…is undecided upon major…high school coach is Larry Frost…son of Ken and Maria Dyson… born 6/6/87.

Eric Ellestad, K, 6-2, 170, Brooklyn Park, Minn. (Armstrong HS)
Named to Tom Lemming’s Prep Report All-American Team…was an all-state and all- metro performer …was a three-time all-area and two-time all-conference selection… converted 18-of-26 field goals (69%) for his career with a long field goal of 47 yards…had 57 touchbacks on 123 career kickoffs for a 46% touchback percentage…averaged 62.7 yards per kickoff and 42.9 yards per punt in 2005…had 22 career punts downed inside the 20-yard line, including eight each in 2003 and 2004…had a career-long punt of 69 yards …team captain his senior season…also lettered in basketball, track and weightlifting… selected as a Football Academic Achievement Award winner…plans on majoring in graphic design…high school coach is Derek Fisher…son of Craig and Debbie Ellestad…born 9/8/ 87.

Ben Fischer, WR, 6-1, 180, Wausau, Wis. (Wausau East HS)
Was a two-time all-state and all-area selection and three-time All-Wisconsin Valley Conference performer …ranked as the seventh-best player in Wisconsin by Rivals…totaled 58 receptions for 1,042 yards with eight touchdowns the past two seasons…lettered three times in basketball and twice in baseball…member of National Honor Society…is undecided upon major…high school coach is Jack Synold…son of Timm and Mary Fischer …born 8/4/87.

Jamar Howard, WR, 6-4, 200, Cincinnati, Ohio (Withrow HS)
Named all-city, all-county, all-area and all-conference his senior season…selected to play in the Ohio vs. Pennsylvania Big 33 All-Star Game…ranked as the 57th-best wide receiver in the nation and among the Top 25 players in Ohio by Rivals…ranked as the 74th-best wideout by Scout…had 58 receptions for 708 yards with 15 touchdowns in 2005…was a four-time letterwinner in basketball earning all-conference recognition…plans on majoring in business…high school coach is Doc Gamble…son of Darlene Howard…born 9/ 3/87.

E.J. Jones, RB, 5-9, 185, Edwardsville, Ill. (Edwardsville HS)
Selected as the St. Louis Post Dispatch 2005 Greater Metro Player of the Year…named the Belleville News Democrat 2005 Player of the Year...also an all-state selection by the Champaign News Gazette, Chicago Sun Times, Chicago Tribune and Illinois High School Football Coaches Association…first-team all-metro selection and first-team All- Southwestern Conference choice his senior season…his 249 rushing attempts for 2,066 yards his senior season were both school records…also scored 23 rushing touchdowns and had 31 receptions for 477 yards…selected to the 2005 Illinois All-Star Game…also a four-year letterwinner and all-conference selection in baseball and a three-year letterwinner in basketball…named to Who’s Who Among America’s Top High School Students…also selected to his school’s Leadership Council…named the St. Louis Post Dispatch Spotlight Student of the Month…plans to major in business…high school coach is Tim Dougherty…son of Edmund Jones and Joy Harris…born 11/13/87.

Robert McField, DL, 6-6, 235, St. Louis, Mo. (Normandy HS)
Named a first-team all-state and all-conference performer…was also an all-metro selection…ranked as the 23rd-best weakside defensive end in the nation and the seventh- best player in Missouri by Rivals… accumulated 67 tackles with 11 sacks, 10 tackles-for- loss, 18 pass breakups, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2005… registered 120 tackles with 19 sacks his junior and senior seasons…Honor Roll student… plans to major in business…high school coach is Antoine Torrey…son of Denise McField, a former Olympian who competed for Jamaica…born 10/20/87.

Sean McWhirter, DL, 6-3, 245, Maple Plain, Minn. (Orono HS)
Named first-team all-state by the Associated Press and Pioneer Press…three-time all- conference selection and conference MVP in 2005…named to the Star Tribune and KARE -11 All-Metro Team as a senior…ranked the 44th-best strongside defensive end in the nation by Rivals…named to the Midwest Hot 100 and ranked the eighth-best defensive end in the Midwest by SuperPrep…Selected to the PrepStar All-Midwest Region Team, Tom Lemming’s Midwest All-America Team and ranked the 56th-best defensive end by ESPN.com…was a finalist for the Mr. Minnesota Football Award…totaled 279 tackles with 47 tackles-for-loss and five forced fumbles for his career…team captain his senior season …three-time letterwinner in track…Honor Roll student…four-time recipient of the Outstanding Academic Achievement Award…is undecided upon major…high school coach is Jeff Weiland…son of Steve and Pam McWhirter…born 9/16/87.

Josh Robertson, DB, 5-11, 175, Harrisburg, Pa. (Lackawanna JC/ Central Dauphin East HS)
Junior College – Posted 48 tackles with five interceptions, three pass breakups, two tackles-for-loss and two forced fumbles last season…helped lead Lackawanna to the fifth- ranked defense in the nation in 2005…had two interception returns for touchdowns in the same game in 2005…High School – was an all-city and all-conference performer his junior and senior seasons…totaled over 2,000 yards of total offense and 22 total touchdowns in his career… honorable mention all-state selection at defensive back…finalist for the Big 33 All-Star Game between Ohio and Pennsylvania…also lettered in basketball and track… was an all-conference selection in basketball…plans to major in business management… junior college coach was Mark Duda…high school coach was Gerry Yonchiuk…son of Christian and Madelyn Robertson …born 11/21/84.

Terrence Sherrer, RB, 5-11, 195, Cincinnati, Ohio (Colerain HS)
Was an All-Southwest Region and all-conference selection in 2005…was named all-city his junior and senior seasons…ranked as the 35th-best running back in the nation and among the Top 25 players in Ohio by Rivals…totaled 400 carries for 2,813 yards and 28 touchdowns in his career…also caught 17 passes for 212 yards with a score…set the Colerain single-season school record for average yards per rush in 2004 with an 11.1- yard average…was a four-time letterwinner in track…named the Colerain Outstanding Sprinter in 2004 and 2005 and was selected all-state the past two years…was an All- Academic selection…plans to major in physical education…high school coach is Kerry Coombs…son of Terrence and Yolanda Sherrer…born 10/2/87.

Adam Weber, QB, 6-3, 210, Shoreview, Minn. (Mounds View HS)
Three-time all-state performer and all-conference selection…was a 2005 Star Tribune and KARE-11 All-Metro selection…named the conference Co-MVP his senior season…was a three-time Team MVP…ranked as the 14th-best dual-threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals and the 32nd-best overall quarterback by Scout…completed 137 of 250 passes for 1,913 yards and 14 touchdowns his senior campaign…closed his career completing 320 passes on 598 attempts for 4,771 yards and 35 touchdowns…also rushed for 1,519 yards and 28 touchdowns during his career…four-time letterwinner in basketball and baseball and also lettered in track…four-year Academic Award winner…is undecided upon major… high school coach is Jim Galvin…son of Bob and Debbie Weber…father, Bob, was a three- year football letterman with the Gophers (1974-76)…born 8/3/87.

Mike Wey, LB, 6-3, 235, Oak Creek, Wis. (Oak Creek HS)
Named to the 2005 Associated Press All-State Team…Chosen as the 2005 SEC Player of the Year…was an all-city, all-county, all-area and all-conference selection his junior and senior seasons…ranked as the ninth-best player in Wisconsin by Rivals…registered 260 tackles with 54 tackles-for-loss, 21 sacks, 13 forced fumbles seven fumble recoveries, 11 pass breakups and two interceptions in his career…also lettered in track and baseball… two-time Academic Achievement Award recipient…plans to major in kinesiology …high school coach is Joe Koch…son of Mike and Tami Wey…born 9/30/87.

Player bios courtesy of University of Minnesota