Oswego three-star defensive tackle Noah Shannon made an unofficial visit to Minnesota on Tuesday and came away verbally committed to the Golden Gophers.
"I just felt like I was ready to commit (after today's visit)," Shannon said. "I was just able to get a better feel for everything that Minnesota has to offer. I just felt the most comfortable at Minnesota."
Shannon is the fourth known member of Minnesota's 2018 from Illinois, joining Glenbard North defensive back Tyrik Henderson, Marist defensive tackle Elijah Teague and Providence Catholic linebacker Mariano Sori-Marin.
Shannon also pointed toward new Minnesota head coach P.J. Fleck as another factor in his decision.
"I was able to finally meet coach Fleck face to face today. He just has such a passion for the game and such energy. He's bringing a culture to Minnesota that you want to be a part of, and I know that coach Fleck and all of the coaches at Minnesota will have a huge impact on the game. I just want to play for coach Fleck, and I know that he will make me a better player and a better person."
Shannon was also considering Iowa and Indiana before committing to the Gophers.