2011 Golden Gopher Football Signing Day Central

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2011 GOLDEN GOPHER FOOTBALL RECRUITING CLASS
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Michael Amaefula DE 6-2 218 Arlington, Texas/Bowie HS
Quinn Bauducco LB 6-3 225 Moorpark, Calif./Moorpark HS
Joe Bjorklund OL 6-5 285 Rosemount, Minn./Rosemount HS
Foster Bush OL 6-5 270 Menasha, Wis./Menasha HS
Josh Campion* OL 6-5 320 Fergus Falls, Minn./Fork Union Military
David Cobb
ATH 5-11 208 Killeen, Texas/Ellison HS
Thieren Cockran DE 6-6 210 Homestead, Fla./Homestead HS
Devin Crawford-Tufts WR 6-2 180 Edina, Minn./Edina HS
Quentin Gardener WR 6-0 190 Denton, Texas/Guyer HS
Drew Goodger TE 6-5 234 Shawnee Mission,, Kan./Northwest HS
Ge'Shun Harris* WR 6-3 210 Corona, Calif./Arizona Western College
Chris Hawthorne* K 6-4 180 Raleigh, N.C./North Carolina State
Marcus Jones* ATH 5-8 170 Wake Forest, N.C./Rolesville, N.C.
Grayson Levine DB 5-11 195 Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS
Jephete Matilus LB 6-1 218 Delray Beach, Fla./Atlantic HS
Kyle McAvoy OL 6-5 293 Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington HS
Luke McAvoy OL 6-5 278 Bloomington, Ill./Bloomington HS
Steven Montgomery DB 5-10 184 Miramar, Fla./Miramar HS
Tommy Olson OL 6-4 275 Mahtomedi, Minn./Mahtomedi HS
John Rabe* TE 6-4 245 Iowa Falls, Iowa/Ellsworth CC
Max Shortell QB 6-6 215 Shawnee Mission, Kan./Bishop Miege HS
Cedric Thompson
CB 5-10 200 Calipatria, Calif./Calipatria HS
Derrick Wells DB 6-0 180 Lehigh Acres, Fla./Lehigh HS
Peter Westerhaus LB 6-3 205 Chanhassen, Minn./Holy Family HS
*already enrolled
 
2011 Recruited Walk-Ons
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown/Previous School
Jon Christenson OL 6-4 275 Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka HS
Helped lead Skippers to a 5-5 mark as a senior •  served as a team captain during the 2010 season  • during his junior season, he helped lead his team to an 8-3 mark and a berth in the Class 5A Section 6 finals • coached by Dave Nelson.
Ernie Heifort TE 6-5 225 Bemidji, Minn./Bemidji HS
Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record in 2010 • Lumberjacks advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 4A state playoffs • second-team all-state honors from the Associated Press • as a senior, he recorded 134 tackles, three sacks, nine tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery • led the state in tackles as a junior, recording 179 total stops • helped lead his team to the Class 4A quarterfinals in 2009 • coached by Troy Hendricks.
Peter Mortell 6-2  193  Green Bay, Wis./Notre Dame Academy 
Helped lead Tritons to a 5-5 mark as a senior • ranked as the No. 8 punter in the nation by Kohl's Professional Kicking & Punting Camps • earned first-team all-state honors from the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association • named winner of the Kevin Stemke Award as the state's top senior kicker or punter • first-team all-conference selection • averaged 44.8 yards per punt as a senior • was also a second-team all-conference selection at wide receiver, after hauling in 22 receptions for 343 yards and 8 scores • also earned honorable mention all-conference honors at defensive back, after tallying two interceptions • coached by John Nowak.
David Platner K 6-0 160 Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie HS
Helped lead his team to a 9-2 record • Eagles advanced to the quarterfinals of the Class 5A state playoffs • honorable mention all-state selection named All-Metro by KARE-11was 12-of-14 on field-goal attempts for his high school career also punted for the Eagles • also a standout track and field athlete at Eden Prairie • coached by Mike Grant.
Luke Trucilla ATH 6-0 190 Erie, Pa./Cathedral Prep HS

Helped lead his team to a 9-5 record • Ramblers advanced to the Pennsylvania Class AAA state semifinals • named second-team all-state as a defensive back • named first-team all-district as a defensive back • earned first-team all-region honors as a wide receiver and defensive back • served as a team captain • tallied 91 tackles and led team with three interceptions in 2010 • recorded four tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks and 14 pass break-ups during his senior season• led team with 36 receptions for 366 yards and five TDs in 2010 • named second-team all-region as a defensive back following his junior season • notched 84 tackles, three interceptions and 12 pass break-ups in 2009 • coached by Michael Mischler.