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2005 Gopher Football Recruiting Class

2005 Gopher Football Signees

Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown / School Rivals Scout
Jeff Brooks DB 5-10 185 Miami, Fla. / Killian HS 2 NR
Mike Chambers WR 6-1 195 Cuyahoga Falls Ohio / Walsh Jesuit HS 3 2
Richard Christy WR 5-10 160 Miami, Fla. / Killian HS 2 NR
Boyd Coleman DB 5-10 180 Marietta Ga. / Wheeler HS 3 2
Alex Daniels LB 6-3 230 Columbus Ohio / Brookhaven HS 4 4
Steven Davis DE 6-2 230 St. Louis Mo. / McCluer North HS 3 3
Eric Decker WR 6-2 205 Cold Spring Minn. / Rocori HS 2 2
Otis Hudson OL 6-4 290 Barrington Ill. / Barrington HS 2 2
Dominic Jones DB 5-9 180 Columbus Ohio / Brookhaven HS 3 2
Marcel Jones QB 6-3 205 Shakopee Minn. / Simley HS 3 2
Keith Massey DB 6-1 200 Columbus Ohio / Brookhaven HS 3 2
Michael McKelton DB 5-10 170 Royal Palm Beach Fla. / Royal Palm Beach HS 2 2
Chris Mensen TE 6-6 240 Solon Iowa / Solon HS 2 2
Troy Reilly TE 6-6 240 Plover Wis. / Stevens Point Area HS 2 3
Ryan Ruckdashel OL 6-6 255 Apple Valley Minn. / Eastview HS 3 3
Jason Sekinger OL 6-9 320 Columbus Ohio / Westland HS 2 2
Matt Stommes DL 6-6.5 245 Richmond Minn. / Eden Valley-Watkins HS 2 2
Nedward Tavale OL 6-2 305 St. Paul Minn. / Cretin-Derham Hall HS 3 3
Jay Thomas RB 6-0 185 Oakdale Minn. / Tartan HS 3 2
Nathan Triplett LB 6-3 230 Maple Plain Minn. / Delano HS 3 3

Mike Chambers, WR, 6-1, 195, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Walsh Jesuit High School)
Ranked as the 66th-best athlete in the country by Rivals...named to the Cleveland Plain Dealer All-Star Football Team as a senior...was a two-time all-city, all-conference and all-county selection...was named to the 2004 Associated Press Division III All-Ohio First Team...named all-state his senior season after catching 70 passes for 1,494 yards (21.3 avg.) with 15 touchdowns and also recording three interceptions, returning two for scores...had 44 receptions for 823 yards on offense and six interceptions on defense in 2003...three-year letterwinner and all-district performer in track...plans to major in biology...high school coach is Gerry Rardin...son of Ples Chambers and Marsha Jackson...born 6/26/86.

Boyd Coleman, DB, 5-10, 180, Marietta, Ga. (Wheeler High School)
Selected as a PrepStar All-Southeast Region performer...ranked as the 83rd-best cornerback in the nation by Scout.com...was a two-time all-county selection...tallied 52 tackles with 32 pass breakups, five interceptions and three fumble recoveries in 2004 and had 27 receptions for 254 yards and six touchdowns...also lettered in track...cousin of former Cleveland Browns linebacker Marquis Smith...is undecided on major...high school coach is Chuck Goddard...son of Boyd Ransom and Karla Coleman...born 10/26/86.

Alex Daniels, LB, 6-3, 230, Columbus, Ohio (Brookhaven High School)
Ranked as a four-star performer and the 11th-best athlete in the nation by Rivals...named the 16th-best linebacker in the nation and the 108th-best overall player by College Football News...selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 26th-best player and listed as the 36th-best defensive back in the nation...ranked as the 10th-best safety in the nation by Scout.com...selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer...named to Ohio News Network All-Ohio Team...two-time all-city selection and was a 2004 all-conference, all-area and all-state choice...made 100 tackles with five sacks, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in leading his team to 2004 state title...also intercepted three passes, returning two for touchdowns...Super Honor Roll student and National Honor Society member...is undecided on major...high school coach is Tom Blake...son of Peggy Daniels...Brookhaven teammates, Dominic Jones and Keith Massey, are also part of the Gophers' 2005 recruiting class...born 11/27/86.

Steven Davis, DE, 6-2, 230, St. Louis, Mo. (McCluer North High School)
Ranked as the 47th-best outside linebacker in the country and the second-best overall linebacker in Missouri by Rivals...selected to the SuperPrep Midlands Team, ranked as the 37th-best player and fifth-best defensive end...named to the PrepStar All-Midlands Region Team...named first-team all-state by the St. Louis Post Dispatch his junior and senior seasons and was also a two-time all-city and all-conference selection...earned Defensive Player of the Year honors at McCluer North in 2004...registered 123 tackles, 12 sacks, eight tackles-for-loss and three forced fumbles in 2004...Honor Roll student and National Honor Society and student council member...plans on majoring in graphic design...high school coach is Jim Schottmueller...son of Gail and Steven Davis...born 1/15/87.

Eric Decker, WR, 6-2, 205, Cold Spring, Minn. (Rocori High School)
Selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 14th-best receiver...named to the PrepStar All-Midwest Region Team...was a first-team selection on the 2004 Minnesota Associated Press All-State Football Team...two-time all-state, all-conference, all-area and all-section performer...named Rocori's team MVP the past two seasons...caught 62 passes for 1,017 yards with 15 touchdowns last season...had 2,156 receiving yards with 28 touchdowns for his career...was also all-conference, all-section and all-area in both basketball and baseball...member of National Honor Society and all-state academic team...plans on majoring in business management...high school coach is Rick Theisen...son of Tom Decker and Sue Meyer...born 3/15/87.

Otis Hudson, OL, 6-4, 290, Barrington, Ill. (Barrington High School)
Was an all-conference and all-area performer his senior season...named to the Chicago Tribune's Top 100 list...was also a four-year letterwinner in both basketball and track...plans on majoring in business...high school coach is Joe Sanchez...son of Otis and Lottie Neal...born 7/19/86.

Dominic Jones, DB, 5-9, 180, Columbus, Ohio (Brookhaven High School)
Named to the CBS Sportsline All-America Team his senior season...ranked as the 45th-best cornerback in the nation and among the top 25 players in Ohio by Rivals...selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer...named the 2004 Ohio Division II Defensive Player of the Year...was a three-time all-city and all-conference selection and was all-area and all-state in 2003 and '04...set the school record for career interceptions with 28, including nine his senior season...also recorded 186 tackles, 27 sacks, and 16 pass breakups for his career...averaged 14.2 yards per punt return and 30.3 yards per kickoff return with 10 touchdown returns for his career...received the Blue Chip Award presented by the Ohio Touchdown Club...helped lead Brookhaven to the state championship last season...Honor Roll student and a member of National Honor Society...plans on majoring in business...high school coach is Tom Blake...son of Keith Jones and DaMona Lipsey...brother, Keith Massey, and Brookhaven teammate, Alex Daniels, are also part of the Gophers' 2005 recruiting class...born 1/18/87.

Marcel Jones, QB, 6-3, 205, Shakopee, Minn. (Simley High School)
Ranked as the 25th-best pro-style quarterback by Rivals...selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 13th-best quarterback...selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer and ranked as the 36th-best quarterback in the nation by College Football News...his 8,806 career all-purpose yards set the Minnesota state record for most yards by a player in high school history...named an all-state performer twice at quarterback and once as a defensive back...named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams in 2004...selected to the 2004 Minnesota Associated Press All-State Football Team...earned all-conference and team MVP honors the past three seasons...passed for 5,763 yards with 46 touchdowns for his career...totaled 2,068 yards passing with 21 touchdowns in 2004, while rushing for 456 yards...also an all-conference wrestler...plans on majoring in history...son of Randy, who is also his high school coach, and Renita Jones...born 3/17/87.

Keith Massey, DB, 6-1, 200, Columbus, Ohio (Brookhaven High School)
Ranked as the 62nd-best athlete in the nation by Rivals...selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 85th-best player...was a three-time all-city, all-conference, all-county and all-area performer...finished career with 212 tackles, 16 pass breakups, nine interceptions and two fumble recoveries...caught 63 passes for 1,463 yards with 19 touchdowns for his career...also lettered in basketball and track...100-meter city champion...Super Honor Roll student...is undecided on major...high school coach is Tom Blake...son of Rhonda Massey...brother, Dominic Jones, and Brookhaven teammate, Alex Daniels, are also part of the Gophers' 2005 recruiting class...born 11/22/86.

Michael McKelton, DB, 5-10, 170, Royal Palm Beach, Fla. (Royal Palm Beach High School)
Named to the Palm Beach Post's "Area Stars" list...helped lead the National team to 21-13 win in the Outback Steakhouse all-star football game...named team's MVP for the 2004 season...earned Offensive Player of the Year honors at Royal Palm Beach for 2003...also lettered in track and basketball...plans on majoring in business or education...high school coach is Eric Patterson...son of Velma Edwards...born 7/29/87.

Chris Mensen, TE, 6-6, 240, Solon, Iowa (Solon High School)
Ranked as the 46th-best tight end in the nation and the seventh-best player in Iowa by Scout.com...selected to the SuperPrep Midlands Team, ranked as the 66th-best player...was named first-team all-area by the Iowa City Press-Citizen and first-team all-state by the Des Moines Register...was also a third-team Iowa Newspaper Association All-State selection as a defensive lineman...led Solon to a 12-2 mark and runner-up finish in Class 2A...had 11 receptions for 186 yards and two touchdowns as a senior...also lettered in baseball, basketball and track...plans on majoring in pre-med...high school coach is Kevin Miller...son of Duane Mensen and June Takenchi...born 9/21/86.

Troy Reilly, TE, 6-6, 240, Plover, Wis. (Stevens Point Area High School)
Ranked as the 39th-best tight end in the nation by Scout.com...Selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer...ranked as the best tight end in Wisconsin by Rivals...was named first-team all-state by the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association...was an All-Wisconsin Valley choice in 2003 and '04 and earned all-city and all-area honors his senior year...caught 47 passes for 774 yards including seven touchdowns during his career...had 26 receptions for 451 yards his senior season...Honor Roll student...is undecided on major...high school coach is Pete McAdams...son of Todd and Laurie Reilly...born 6/8/87.

Ryan Ruckdashel, OL, 6-6, 255, Apple Valley, Minn. (Eastview High School)
Selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 18th-best offensive lineman...selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer...ranked as the 89th-best offensive lineman in the country by Scout.com...named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams in 2004...was a two-time all-conference performer and was also named first-team all-state by the Associated Press and second-team all-state by the Pioneer Press his senior season...graded out at over 95% his senior year and averaged seven pancake blocks per game...two-year starter at tackle, helping his team average 5.9 yards per rush in 2004...served as team captain his senior year...Honor Roll student and MSHSL ExCEL Award winner...plans to major in business...high school coach is Kelly Sherwin...son of Rick and Candy Ruckdashel...born 12/5/86.

Jason Sekinger, OL, 6-9, 320, Columbus, Ohio (Westland High School)
Selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer...named first-team All-Ohio Capital Conference his senior season...was also an all-state and All-Central District selection in 2004...Honor Roll student...plans to major in secondary education...high school coach is Anthony Naples...son of Ted and Tina Sekinger...born 8/4/86.

Matt Stommes, DL, 6-6 1/2, 245, Richmond, Minn. (Eden Valley-Watkins High School)
Named a first-team Associated Press All-State selection on the defensive line...was also a first-team all-conference selection and the Defensive Lineman of the Year in the Central Minnesota Conference...named to the St. Cloud Times All-Area Team...recorded 128 tackles with 26 tackles-for-loss, 24 sacks, and two fumble recoveries...accounted for 73 tackles and 16 sacks his senior year, while catching 14 passes for 221 yards at tight end...named to the 2004 Academic All-State Team and the KARE-11 Academic All-Star Team...plans on majoring in agricultural science...high school coach is Ray Tri...son of Reuben and Janice Stommes...born 10/17/86.

Nedward Tavale, OL, 6-2, 305, St. Paul, Minn. (Cretin-Derham Hall High School)
Ranked as the 38th-best offensive guard in the nation by Rivals...selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 20th-best offensive lineman...selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer...was honorable mention all-state in 2003 and was a second-team all-state selection by the Associated Press in 2004...was all-metro his senior season, making 84 pancake blocks on the offensive line and registering 62 tackles on the defensive line...plans to major in business or psychology...high school coach is Rich Kallock...son of Mase and Utu Tavale...born 2/6/87.

Jay Thomas, RB, 6-0, 185, Oakdale, Minn. (Tartan High School)
Tabbed as the 18th-best all-purpose back in the country by Rivals...selected as a PrepStar All-Midwest Region performer...named the 2004 Pioneer Press Football Player of the Year and a first-team all-state choice by the Associated Press...named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams his senior season...three-time all-conference and all-state selection...led the metro area in rushing in 2004 with a school record 1,549 yards on 154 attempts...also set school records for career rushing yards (3,083), career rushing touchdowns (27), career kickoff returns for touchdowns (6), and rushing touchdowns in a season (14) and a game (6)...also lettered in basketball and track...finished third in the 100-meter (10.77) and 200-meter dash (21.49) at the state meet...is undecided on major...high school coach is Tim Hickey...son of Jim Thomas and Delene and Rory Sanders...born 6/29/87.

Nathan Triplett, LB, 6-3, 230, Maple Plain, Minn. (Delano High School)
Selected to the SuperPrep Midwest Team, ranked as the 13th-best defensive lineman...named to the PrepStar All-Midwest Region Team...ranked as the 86th-best overall linebacker by Scout.com...named to the KARE-11 and Star Tribune All-Metro teams in 2004...was a second-team all-state choice by the Associated Press last season...two-time all-conference selection...totaled 127 tackles with 22 tackles-for loss, four sacks and four interceptions in 2004...Honor Roll student...plans to major in engineering or architecture...high school coach is Merrill Pavlovich...son of Keith and Sara Triplett...born 3/15/87.

Player bios courtesy of University of Minnesota