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2002 Gopher Football Recruiting Class

2002 Gopher Football Signees

Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown / School Rivals
Joe Ainslie OL 6-7 310 Minnetonka, Minn. / Hopkins 2
Trumaine Banks DB 6-0 175 Columbus, Ohio / Eastmoor Academy 2
Maurice Buchanan DE 6-5 235 Minnetonka, Minn./ Hopkins 2
Eric Clark DL 6-5 220 Tampa, Fla. / Tampa Bay Tech Sr. 2
Bryan Cupito QB 6-3 170 Cincinnati, Ohio / McNicholas 2
Guillermo Davis RB 6-0 190 Belleville, Ill. / Belleville West 2
Greg Eslinger OL 6-3 250 Bismarck, N.D. / Bismarck 2
Brian Goblirsch OL 6-3 295 Eagan, Minn. / Eagan 2
Kenny Harper PK/P 6-0 170 Hamilton, Ohio / Hamilton 2
Stephon Hopkins LB 6-2 230 Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance 2
Aaron Hosack WR 6-6 210 Walnut, Calif. / Mt San Antonio JC 2
Pierre Jackson WR 5-11 178 Chicago, Ill. / Harper 2
Anthony Montgomery TE/DE 6-6 280 Cleveland, Ohio / John F. Kennedy 2
Brian Moss OL 6-7 250 Florissant, Mo. / Hazelwood Central 2
Greg Pruitt Jr. RB 5-10 190 Shaker Heights, Ohio / Shaker Hts. 3
Mario Reese DE 6-4 230 Mableton, Ga. / Pebblebrook 2
Justiss Scales LB 6-3 225 Columbus, Ohio / Beechcroft 2
Bobby Scyrus WR 6-4 200 Houston, Texas / Aldine 2
Mark Setterstrom OL 6-3 270 Northfield, Minn. / Northfield 3
Matt Spaeth LB 6-8 240 Albertville, Minn./ St. Michael 2
Scott Stephenson DE 6-4 270 Saint Paul, Minn./ Cretin-DH 2
Tyson Swaggert DE 6-4 250 Buffalo, Minn. / Buffalo 2
Brian Sykora TE 6-6 220 Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson 3
Quentin White DB 6-1 190 Gahanna, Ohio / Lincoln 2

Joe Ainslie, 6-7, 310, OL, Minnetonka, Minn. (Hopkins High School)
All-state, all-area and all-city award winner in 2001.listed as a top recruit in the state of Minnesota in Tom Lemming's Prep Football Report.earned two letters at both offensive and defensive tackle.also throws shot put for the track team.holds the school's best throw over 50 feet.plans to major in architecture.high school coach is Ken McDonald.son of Mike and Kate Ainslie.born 2/1/84.

Trumaine Banks, 6-0, 175, DB, Columbus, Ohio (Eastmoor Academy)
Redzone "Top 50 Players in the Nation" list member.Super Prep Top 25 for Central Ohio.Honor Roll student and two-way athlete.earned all-conference honors as both a wide receiver and a defensive back.named all-state and first team all-district in 2000 and 2001.made 85 receptions for nearly 1,500 yards in his career.caught 32 touchdowns in his four seasons.recorded 196 tackles - 115 solo in his career at defensive back.made 21 interceptions, forced 11 fumbles and recovered six.school's all-time interception leader.Ohio North v. South All-Star game nominee.returned 19 punts and kicks for nearly 1,400 yards and four scores in his career.named an All-Agonis Dispatch All-Star as a returner.team's MVP in 2000 and 2001.also an all-city member of the track team.plans to major in business management.high school coach is Ronnie Brown.son of Greg and Sherrie Banks.born 1/12/84.

Maurice Buchanan, 6-5, 235, DE, Minnetonka, Minn. (Hopkins High School)
All-state and all-area his senior year.also earned all-conference his junior and senior seasons.recorded 64 tackles in 2001, including 10 sacks, five pass break ups and three fumble recoveries.team captain that tallied four sacks in one game.leadership and "A" honor roll student.competed in the shot put in track and field.high school coach is Ken McDonald.plans to major in computer science/graphics.son of Phillip and Pamela Buchanan.born 7/26/84.

Eric Clark, 6-5, 220, DL, Tampa, Fla. (Tampa Bay Tech Sr. High School)
Three-year starter at offensive tackle and defensive end.three-time All-Western Conference athlete.all-county honorable mention his junior season.second team all-county his senior season.participant in the Hillsboro County East v. West All-Star game.H.S. team was District Champions in 2000 and Western Conference Champions in 2001 .recorded 32 tackles, including seven tackles for loss and two sacks in his senior campaign.also tallied 10 quarterback pressures, five knock downs and blocked an extra point.member of the basketball team his sophomore and junior seasons.high school coach is John Colbert.plans to major in computer science.son of Anthony and Nancy Clark.born 7/28/84.

Bryan Cupito, 6-3, 170, QB, Cincinnati, Ohio (McNicholas High School)
Three-year letterwinner at quarterback and free safety.team recorded a 23-12 overall record, including three consecutive playoff appearances.ranked as the 32nd-best Pro-style quarterback in the country by Rivals.com.all-state honoree that holds countless school passing records, including most TD in a game (6), most TD in a regular season (34) and most TD in a career (92 - state record).also holds the second-highest completion percentage for a season in school history at 59.9 percent.amassed nearly 8,400 passing yards in his career - the most in school history.threw for 3,850 yards and 45 scores his senior season.rushed for seven touchdowns and more than 500 yards his senior year.three-time member of the all-area, all-conference and all-city teams.also named the Player of the Year on each team as a senior.high school coach is John Rodenberg.plans to major in business.brother, Brad, played football at Indiana.father, Steve, played football at Louisville.grandfather, Joe Cupito, played for the Chicago Cubs.son of Steve and Erin Cupito.born 6/29/84.

Guillermo "Mo" Davis, 6-0, 190, RB, Belleville, Ill. (Belleville West High School)
A "Top 26" player in the state of Illinois by the editors of the Illinois Coaches Association Preseason Football Guide.three-year starter who accumulated 2,250 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground.two-time all-city and all-conference selection.chosen all-area and all-state honorable mention his senior season.returned 19 kickoffs in his career for 644 yards and four scores.ranks second on the all-time list of kickoff return specialists in the IHSA record book with an average of 36.2 yards per return.selected by Gridiron Magazine as a "Midwest Gridiron Great".also earned letters in baseball and track.named track and field Rookie of the Year.high school coach is Dennis Snep.son of Tammy Davis.born 9/25/83.

Greg Eslinger, 6-3, 250, OG, Bismarck, N.D. (Bismarck High School)
AAA State Player of the Year his senior season.finished the year with a 12-0 record and a state title.racked up 218 tackles in his three seasons, including 100 solos and 19 sacks.earned all-state honors and named the team's MVP as a junior and senior.collected all-conference accolades in each of his three letterwinning seasons.played defensive tackle, offensive guard and tight end.received six other letters as a defenseman on the hockey team (2) and as a shot/discus thrower on the track team (4).finished fifth in the state in the discus in 2000 and second in the state in 2001.member of National Honor Society.high school coach is Mark Gibson.son of George and Kay Eslinger.born 4/23/83.

Brian Goblirsch, 6-3, 295, OL, Eagan, Minn. (Eagan High School)
Two-time letterwinner on the offensive line.named all-conference and third team all-metro in 2001.earned four letters at shot put and discus on the track and field team.had a personal best 48-foot throw in the shot put.earned Honor Roll accolades for his accomplishments in the shot put.high school coach is Dave Fritze.son of Jeff and Mary Goblirsch.born 4/10/84.

Kenny Harper, 6-0, 170, PK/Punter, Hamilton, Ohio (Hamilton High School)
A 2001 all-state, all-area, all-county and all-conference award winner.also a member of the 2002 Ohio South All-Star team.averaged 42.4 yards/punt his senior year, including a career-long of 61 yards.made 22 field goals and 70 extra points over his prep career.named all-area, all-county and all-conference his junior season.named all-county and all-conference his sophomore season.kicked a last-second, game-winning 51-yard field goal to defeat rival Lakota West 37-35.member of the silver honor roll his junior year.earned letters in baseball and bowling.bowling team was GMC Conference champions and GMC Tournament champions.high school coach is Ed Mignery.son of Jack and Darlene Harper.born 1/29/84.

Stephon Hopkins, 6-2, 230, LB, Detroit, Mich. (Renaissance High School)
All-state, all-conference and all-city honoree his senior season.also named all-conference in 2000.recorded 214 tackles over his prep career.tallied 31 tackles for loss, including 14 sacks.forced six fumbles, recovered eight and made 12 interceptions in his four years.named the team's MVP following the 2001 season.made 37 receptions for 470 yards and six touchdowns in four seasons.scored a total of nine touchdowns.high school coach is William Hill.son of Wendy Hopkins.born 4/27/84.

Aaron Hosack, 6-6, 210, WR, Walnut, Calif. (Mount San Antonio Junior College)
All-Mission Conference award winner in 2001.made 65 receptions for 1,147 yards and 10 touchdowns at Mt. San Antonio Junior College.earned All-Inland Valley and All-San Gabriel Valley honors in high school.made 40 receptions for 870 yards and eight scores as a senior at Chino High School.career long reception is 94 yards.named All-Baseline League in high school.JC coach is Bill Fisk.sports management major.son of Tom and Kim Hosack.born 11/28/81.

Pierre Jackson, 5-11, 178, WR, Chicago, Ill. (Harper High School)
Three-year letterwinner whose team finished with a 23-9 record during his career.two-time all-area and all-conference selection.also named to the all-city team.made 62 receptions for more than 1,000 yards in his 13 games as a senior.long was 60 yards.caught 21 passes for touchdowns in his senior campaign.versatile athlete that also ran out of the backfield and returned kicks.had nine carries for 138 yards and three scores his senior year.returned 13 kickoffs in his final season for more than 300 yards, two of them for touchdowns.two-year honor roll student that also ran track and played basketball.earned all-city honors in both sports.plans to major in education.high school coach is Terry Lewis.son of Marilyn Jackson.born 5/7/84.

Anthony Montgomery, 6-6, 280, TE/DE, Cleveland, Ohio (John F. Kennedy High School)
All-around athlete that played numerous positions in his four years.began as a defensive end/tight end, then moved to quarterback his junior season.also played some defensive back and linebacker.a three-time all-area, all-conference and all-city member.completed 13-of-25 passing attempts his senior season for 150 yards and a touchdown.totaled 30 tackles in five games his senior year, nine of them for a loss, seven of those sacks.averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and three assists as a three-year all-senate member and team MVP of his basketball team.knocked 14 home runs and struck out 60 batters as an all-senate member on the baseball team.plans to be a pre-law student.high school coach is Roye Kidd.son of Rocky and Shirley Montgomery.born 3/8/84.

Brian Moss, 6-7, 250, OL, Florissant, Mo. (Hazelwood Central High School)
A Top 10 player in the St. Louis area and second team all-state on offense.earned three letters in football.made over 100 tackles on defense his senior season, including 13 for loss and four sacks.forced three fumbles and broke up four pass attempts.was an all-district award winner on offense, and an all-conference honoree on both offense and defense as a senior.also earned four letters in basketball.high school coach is John Pukala.plans to major in business administration.son of Eddie and Phyllis Moss.father, Eddie, was a seven-year pro in the NFL.born 10/21/83.

Greg Pruitt, Jr., 5-10, 190, RB, Shaker Heights, Ohio (Shaker Heights High School)
All-American two-way player.earned four letters as a running back, cornerback and kick/punt returner.team assembled a 37-7 record in his four years.ranked as the 14th-best all-purpose back in the nation by Rivals.com.named the team's MVP after his junior season.three-time all-area, all-county, all-conference and all-city award winner.also credited with all-state accolades.rushed for 1,854 yards and 25 touchdowns his senior year.caught 12 passes for 160 yards and a score.averaged 9.2 yards per carry and 13.3 yards per catch in his final season.recorded 45 tackles - 35 solo - and six pass break ups in 10 games as a senior cornerback.all-league track athlete in the 100m and 4x100m.high school coach is Dave Sedmak.son of Greg and Mary Pruitt.father, Greg, Sr., was a two-time All-American running back and Heisman Trophy runner-up at Oklahoma.father was also a four-time Pro Bowl participant in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns and the Oakland Raiders.plans to major in business administration.born 12/24/83.

Mario Reese, 6-4, 230, DE, Mableton, Ga. (Pebblebrook High School)
Three-year letterwinner at defensive end.totaled 172 career tackles, 31 tackles for loss and 17 sacks.also forced 11 fumbles, recovered 10 and broke up eight pass attempts.racked up 58 solo tackles his senior year, including 22 TFL and 12 sacks, en route to first team all-state and first team all-county accolades.also earned three letters as a standout high jumper on the track and field team.won the AAAA Region high jump his junior year.finished sixth in the state that same season.high school coach is Chuck Stines.brother, Rico, plays football for Western Carolina.cousin, Orantes Grant, is a member of the NFL Dallas Cowboys.son of Dexter and Elizabeth Reese.born 4/14/84.

Justiss Scales, 6-3, 225, LB, Columbus, Ohio (Beechcroft High School)
A 2001 all-state, all-county and all-city selection.totaled 110 tackles his senior season, including 14 tackles for loss.forced five fumbles and recovered five.also recorded an interception.made 13 receptions as a tight end for 325 yards and eight touchdowns in 2001.also earned three letters in track and field.high school coach is Tom Dunlap.plans to major in education.son of Curtis and Gail Scales.born 4/23/84.

Bobby Scyrus, 6-4, 200, WR, Houston, Texas (Aldine High School)
Three-time letterwinner in football, basketball and track.made 21 receptions for 373 yards and three touchdowns his senior year.also rushed for 498 yards and a score.team compiled a 32-10 record in his four seasons.made 11 interceptions and 23 pass break ups as a cornerback.named all-district in 2001.averaged 17.1 points, six rebounds and four assists per game in basketball.listed as a "Who's Who Among American Students" in 1999-2000 and 2000-2001 for athletics and academics.also earned a First Year Academic Award in geometry.high school coach is William Smith.son of Deirdre Miller.born 2/27/84.

Mark Setterstrom, 6-3 1/2, 270, OL, Northfield, Minn. (Northfield High School)
An all-state, all-metro and all-conference award winner in 2001...totaled 127 tackles, including six sacks over his prep career.also forced five fumbles and recovered six.also earned four letters as a standout heavyweight wrestler.currently 27-1 this season on the mat.academic all-state award winner.high school coach is Bubba Sullivan.plans to enroll in the Institute of Technology.son of Keith Setterstrom and Vicki Clark.born 3/3/84.

Matt Spaeth, 6-8, 240, LB, Albertville, Minn. (Saint Michael-Albertville High School)
The defensive MVP of the 1999 3A state championship game, was also the defensive MVP of his conference.first team all-metro by the coaches, Minneapolis Star Tribune and KARE 11-TV.two-time all-county and all-conference selection.made 22 receptions for 294 yards and three touchdowns his senior year.made 203 tackles and eight interceptions and forced five fumbles his senior year.also earned three letters as a center on the basketball team.averaged 30 points and 13 rebounds per game.named all-conference three times for his play on the hardwood.high school coach is Earl Bauman.son of Ken and Terri Spaeth.father, Ken, played football at Nebraska and was a draft choice of the NFL's Buffalo Bills.born 11/24/83.

Scott Stephenson, 6-4, 270, DE, Saint Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall High School)
Ranked eighth-best defensive lineman in the Midwest by Prep Star magazine and the 51st-best defensive end in the nation by Rivals.com.Prep Star All-American in 2001.also named all-state, all-metro, all-conference and all-area his senior year.Lions Club Athlete of the Year Nominee.team combined for a 24-2 record in his two seasons, including a second-place finish in 2000.totaled 55 tackles - 39 solo - in his senior campaign.recorded nine tackles for loss, eight sacks, eight pass break-ups, four forced fumbles and an interception in his final season.four-year Gold Honor Roll student.also participated in tennis and track.high school coaches are Rich Kallok and Mike Scanlon.plans to major in pharmacy.son of James and Debra Stephenson.born 10/26/83.

Tyson Swaggert, 6-4 1/2, 250, DE, Buffalo, Minn. (Buffalo High School)
MVP on the defensive line in the North Suburban Conference.powerful DE that recorded 60 tackles-14 for loss his senior season.also forced four fumbles.a team captain in 2001, was also used in short-yardage situations, scoring four touchdowns in his career.three-time all-conference recognition.first team all-metro award winner.academic all-conference his senior year.straight-A student and National Honor Society member.three-year starter and captain of the basketball team.2001 all-conference honorable mention in hoops.four-year winner of the Weightlifter of the Year Award.a section finalist in the shot put on the track and field team.cousin, Roger Hagberg, was a letter-winning fullback for the Golden Gophers from 1958-60.he went on to play for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and the Oakland Raiders.plans to major in civil or chemical engineering.high school coach is Gerard Rohl.son of Chris and Julie Swaggert.born 11/2/83.

Brian Sykora, 6-6, 220, TE, Bloomington, Minn. (Jefferson High School)
Earned all-state, all-area and all-conference honors in 2001.also named all-conference in 2000.made 35 receptions for 435 yards and two touchdowns.added four sacks as a defensive end.a four-time letterwinner in basketball.averaged 18 points and nine rebounds per game.high school coach is Jon Leverenz.son of Martha Sykora.brother David lettered at Minnesota in 1999.born 10/21/83.

Quentin White, 6-1, 190, DB, Gahanna, Ohio (Lincoln High School)
Four-sport athlete that accumulated seven letters over his high school career.amassed 37 touchdowns and nearly 3,400 all-purpose yards as a quarterback (2,093 rushing yards/26 TD; 1,300 passing yards/9 TD).named to the all-state and all-county teams.twice named all-area, all-conference and all-city.North v. South All-Ohio All-Star Classic participant.earned Athlete of the Week honors and was a second team all-district his senior year.earned three letters as a district champion and state qualifier in track.earned a letter his freshman year after hitting .678 as a leadoff hitter on the baseball team.cousin, Ki-Jana Carter, was an All-American at Penn State.high school coach is Mike Lanza.considering accounting or finance as a major.son of Quentin and Gracie White.born 1/18/84.

Player bios courtesy of University of Minnesota