Washington junior offensive tackle JJ Guedet made a weekend visit to Minnesota and on Sunday morning announced his verbal commitment to the Gophers.
"Minnesota is about as close to a perfect fit as possible for me," Guedet said. "I just love the coaches, including coach (P.J.) Fleck, coach Cally (Brian Callahan) and coach (Kenni) Burns, and I'm very excited about my decision."
Why commit so early?
"I just honestly see no reason to not commit to Minnesota. I've been able to check out some other schools already, and I always found myself comparing them to Minnesota. I just felt like, 'Why wait anymore?' I know what I want, and Minnesota just has so much to offer. It's just a great fit for me in so many ways. I have no issues with locking up my spot and moving forward with Minnesota."
Phillips junior defensive back Joseph Thompson has 10 scholarship offers this winter, and that number could get bigger.
"I have 10 offers so far, and I stay in touch with most of the coaches at the schools who have offered me," Thompson said. "I've also been talking with the coaches from Kentucky, Cincinnati and also Minnesota. It's just been a lot of schools following me now, and they also have been in touch with my coaches at Phillips quite a bit. We are expecting a lot of coaches to be back in our school this spring."
Thompson, who has indicated that he's looking hard at his college options lately, has a current top five.
"My top five schools for now are, in no order: Iowa State, Toledo, Illinois, NIU and Miami (Ohio)."
Lake Zurich junior outside linebacker Luke Dwyer has some scholarship offers and also made a few recent college campus visits.
"I have offers so far from North Dakota State, Southern Illinois, Indiana State and Eastern Kentucky," Dwyer said. "I also went and visited both Iowa and Indiana State over the past few days, and both visits went well.
"I've been in touch more and more with Wyoming, and they said that they would be in school this spring. Kent State is also in touch, and I'm going to visit them on March 16. My dad went to Kent State, so that will be a cool visit for both of us. I'm also planning to visit North Dakota State in early April, and then I'm also going to get out to visit Southern Illinois sometime in April."
Decatur St. Theresa junior running back Jacardi Wright made a weekend visit to Iowa. Wright, who has been a starter and all-state player for the Bulldogs since his freshman year, came away impressed with the Hawkeyes.
"I just love the school at Iowa," Wright said. "I always just feel very comfortable whenever I'm at Iowa. Iowa also has a really good coaching staff and they are all really nice people. Iowa just has a great atmosphere. The coaches and the players all seem to be on the same page. I just liked it a lot at Iowa, and the coaches said they want me to come back and visit them later this spring."
Wright, who has early scholarship offers from the Hawkeyes, NIU, Western Michigan and Central Michigan, is also in touch with several other schools.
"I've also been staying in touch with several other schools like Purdue, Illinois, Michigan State and Oklahoma State," he said. "A lot of those coaches said they want me to come out and visit them this spring, and they also want to get to know me better."