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2003 Gopher Football Recruiting Class

2003 Gopher Football Signees

Player Pos Ht Wt Hometown / School Rivals Scout
Maurice Alexander RB 5-9 185 Southfield, Mich. / Southfield 3 2
Neel Allen DT 6-3 280 Marietta, Ga. / Lassiter 3 NR
Tony Brinkhaus DT 6-4 285 Bloomington, Minn. / Jefferson 3 3
Samad Cain DB 6-1 185 Detroit, Mich. / MLK 2 2
Adam Galbreath WR 6-3 185 Houston, Texas / Westfield 2 2
Paris Hamilton WR 6-1 200 Tyler, Texas / Tyler JC 4 4
Jamal Harris DB 5-11 175 Delray Beach, Fla. / D.B.Atlantic 2 NR
John Jakel OL 6-5 265 Schofield, Wis. / D.C. Everest 2 2
Keith Lipka DE 6-3 260 Oak Creek, Wis. / NDSCS 3 NR
Laurence Maroney RB 5-11 200 St. Louis, Mo. / Normandy 4 2
Pete Martinsen QB 6-4 220 Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. / Dwyer 3 3
Mark Mullaney LB 6-0 205 Eden Prairie, Minn. / Eden Prairie 2 2
Brandon Owens DB 6-2 200 Delray Beach, Fla. / D.B.Atlantic 3 5
Logan Payne WR 6-2 180 Lutz, Fla. / Land O' Lakes 2 NR
Amir Pinnix RB 6-0 190 Newark, N.J. / Malcolm X Shabazz 3 2
Stephon Rhea DB 5-10 170 Houston, Texas / Klein Forest 2 2
Micah Rucker WR 6-6 190 Bonita Springs, Fla. / Estero 3 2
John Scroggins WR 6-5 210 Dallas, Texas / Wilmer-Hutchins 2 2
John Shevlin LB 6-1 205 Eagan, Minn. / Eastview 3 2
Steve Shidell OL 6-5 260 Coon Rapids, Minn. / Coon Rapids 3 2
Brian Smith LB 6-2 230 Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. / El Camino JC / Peninsula HS 3 NR
Desi Steib DB 6-1 185 Vacherie, La. / St. James 2 2
Jeff Sundsmo OL 6-6 275 St. Paul, Minn. / Highland Park 3 2
Justin Valentine RB 6-2 215 Columbus, Ohio / Eastmoo rAcademy 3 3
Ernest Wheelright IV WR 6-5 210 Columbus, Ohio / Walnut Ridge 3 2
Byron Williams DB 6-0 190 Dallas, Texas / Ranger JC / Wilmer-Hutchins HS 2 2
Maurice Alexander, 5-9, 185, RB, Southfield, Mich. (Southfield High School)

Was an all-city, all-county, all-conference, all-area and all-state selection in 2001...amassed 4,220 yards on 541 carries with 42 touchdowns for his career...totaled 1,120 yards on 180 carries with 14 touchdowns in nine games his senior season...rushed for 1400 yards during his junior campaign and scored 17 touchdowns...also participated in track as a 100-meter and 200-meter specialist... is undecided on major...high school coach is David Reese...son of Melinda Alexander Lampkin...born 4/19/84.

Neel Allen, 6-3, 280, DT, Marietta, Ga. (Lassiter High School)
Tallied 131 tackles, including 96 solos, his senior season...registered eight sacks and two forced fumbles in 2001...was an all-conference and all-county selection three times from 1999-2001...lettered in football three times...three-year letterwinner in wrestling as a heavyweight...all-state wrestler in 2001 and 2002...2001 member of "Who's Who of High School Students"...plans to major in education...high school coach is Jerry Mahon...son of Myra West-Allen and DeWayne Allen...born 7/2/84.

Tony Brinkhaus, 6-4, 285, DT, Bloomington, Minn. (Thomas Jefferson High School)
Was all-city, all-county, all-conference and all-area twice...earned all-state recognition 29 games, registered 180 career tackles, including 102 solos, 42 tackles-for-loss and 16 sacks...also forced five career fumbles and had three career fumble recoveries... had 72 tackles his senior season with 42 solos...also had 18 tackles for loss and eight sacks with two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery in 2002...earned three letters in football at defensive tackle...three-year letterwinner in track and two-time all-conference honorable-mention selection...threw the shot 52 feet and the discus 151 feet his junior season...also lettered in basketball...undecided on major...high school coach is John Leverenz...son of Richard and Mary Brinkhaus...born 3/26/85.

Samad Cain, 6-1, 185, DB, Detroit, Mich. (Martin Luther King High School)
Named All-Detroit, all-conference and all-area his junior and senior seasons...was an all-state selection last season...recorded 82 tackles with 54 solos in 2002...intercepted eight passes in 10 games his senior year...also had four sacks, 10 pass break-ups and two forced fumbles...registered 57 tackles his junior season...also participated in track...Honor Roll student...plans to major in education...high school coach is James Reynolds...son of Marsha Cain...born 12/3/84.

Adam Galbreath, 6-3, 185, WR, Houston, Texas (Westfield High School)
Named all-conference in 2001 and 2002 and was selected all-area in 2002...had 28 receptions for 640 yards and nine touchdowns during his senior campaign...had a 22.8-yard per catch average last season in 10 games...also served as a punt returner with seven returns for 149 yards (21.3 avg.)...lettered in basketball three times and was first-team all-district selection...named to "Who's Who in Sports and Academics"...plans to major in business...high school coach is Ron Lynch...son of James and Royce Galbreath...born 4/16/84.

John Jakel, 6-5, 265, OL, Schofield, Wis. (D.C. Everest High School)
First-team All-Wisconsin Valley selection his senior year... also named to the Wisconsin Football Coach's Association All-State team...WisconsinPreps All-State choice in 2002... will major in kinesiology... graduate of same high school as former All-American punter Pre ston Gruening...high school coach is Wayne Steffenhagan...son of John and Deb Jakel...born 6/30/84.

Keith Lipka, 6-3, 260, DE, Oak Creek, Wis. (North Dakota State College of Science/Oak Creek High School)
Was an all-conference and all-region selection at NDSCS at defensive end...registered 93 total tackles, including 46 solos, with 32 tackles-for-loss and 13 sacks last season at NDSCS...broke up six passes, forced three fumbles and recovered five in 2002...three-time letterwinner in football in high school...named all-conference, all-area and all-state in 1999 and 2000...helped lead Oak Creek to records of 12-2 (1998), 10-2 (1999) and 9-1 (2000)...participated in track in high school as a thrower...member of the President's Honor Roll at NDSCS with a 3.63 gpa...majoring in psychology... NDSCS coach is Mike Beagle...high school coach was Joe Koch... son of Rick and Sherry Lipka...born 7/30/83.

Laurence Maroney, 5-11, 200, RB, St. Louis, Mo. (Normandy High School)
Was an all-conference selection all four years...named to all-metro and all-area team three times and was a two-time all-state selection...named to Tom Lemmings' All America Team...named the St. Louis Player of the Year in 2002...totaled 4,808 yards on 608 carries with 56 touchdowns in his career...exploded for 1,948 yards on 210 attempts his senior season with 25 touchdowns...averaged 9.3 yards per carry in 2002...had a career-long run of 95 yards...made 187 tackles with 152 solos and registered 50 tackles for loss, 24 sacks and six forced fumbles in his career...had 86 total tackles with 20 tackles-for-loss and 15 sacks in 2002...lettered three times in track, twice in basketball and once in baseball...was state champ in the 4x400 and third at state in the 200 meters...was MVP of his basketball team twice... undecided upon major...high school coach is Michael Jackson...son of Terri Terrell...born 2/5/85.

Pete Martinsen, 6-4, 220, QB, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. (William T. Dwyer High School)
Nominee for the Lou Groza High School Player of the Year award...Wendy's High School Heisman candidate...Outback Bowl All-Star nominee...named the Palm Beach Post Times Offensive Player of the Year and Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel Offensive Player of the Year in 2002...was a first-team all-conference, all-county, and all-area selection in 2002...second-team all-state choice...named to the Prep Sports All-Region 11 games, completed 120-of-231 passes for 1764 yards and 17 touchdowns...also rushed for five touchdowns...had career-long pass of 83 yards...passed for 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns his junior season and 550 yards and nine scores his sophomore campaign...three-year letterwinner where he led his team to records of 13-2 (2000), 8-3 (2001) and 9-3 (2002)...also participated in basketball and baseball...plans on majoring in business...high school coach is Jack Daniels...son of Pete and Angelina Martinsen...born 11/22/84.

Mark Mullaney, 6-0, 205, FB/LB, Eden Prairie, Minn. (Eden Prairie High School)
All-conference selection in 2002...scored eight touchdowns in 10 games his senior season...accumulated 138 tackles, including 66 solos...had nine tackles-for-loss, three sacks and one interception in 2002...three-year letterwinner at Eden Prairie, where he led his team to records of 13-0 (2000), 11-1 (2001) and 13-0 (2002), including two state championships...also lettered three years in baseball...Honor roll student... plans on majoring in business...high school coach is Mike Grant...father, Mark, was a first-round pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 1975...son of Mark and Lynette Mullaney...born 1/29/85.

Brandon Owens, 6-2, 200, DB, Delray Beach, Fla. (D. B. Atlantic High School)
Named to The All-America Team at safety...Ranked as the best safety and the 13th best player in the nation by Hot 100...Named the team MVP his senior season and was the team's Defensive Player of the Year his last two seasons...all-city, all-conference, all-county and all-state in 2002...finished senior season with 105 tackles, including 74 solos, three sacks, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries...had two touchdown receptions, three touchdowns on kickoff returns, two touchdowns on punt returns, two interception returns for touchdowns, and threw a touchdown pass on his only attempt of his senior season...had four interceptions in 2002 and three in 2001..was an all-area performer in 2001...plans on majoring in architecture...high school coach is Keith Tillman...son of Von Owens...born 4/7/85.

Logan Payne, 6-2, 185, WR/DB, Lutz, Fla. (Land O' Lakes High School)
Was all-county his junior and senior seasons and all-area his senior year along with being named the county and area player of the year...also an all-state selection...totaled 109 receptions for 1,650 yards and 30 touchdowns for his career...had stellar senior season with 74 receptions for 1,250 yards and 23 touchdowns...intercepted two passes his senior season and eight for his career...also played basketball and baseball...was the team MVP for basketball...Honor Roll student all four years of high school...undecided on major...high school coach is John Benedetto...son of Toliver and Jeanette Payne...born 1/21/85.

Amir Pinnix, 6-0, 190, RB, Newark, N.J. (Malcolm X Shabazz High School)
Ranked the 20th best fullback by ESPN's Tom Lemming...three-time all-city, all-conference and all-area performer...named all-county twice and all-state once...rushed for 3,500 yards and 39 touchdowns in his 11 games last season, tallied 1,200 yards with 15 touchdowns...gained 1,100 yards and scored 12 touchdowns during junior season... accumulated 75 of his 160 career tackles in 2002 playing free safety...had 12 tackles for loss and four sacks his senior season...forced two fumbles, recovered two and intercepted three passes last season...earned 11 letters between football, basketball and track...Honor Roll student and member of National Honor Society...plans on majoring in sports management...high school coach is David McCombs...son of Deborah Mims...born 11/30/85.

Stephon Rhea, 5-10, 170, DB, Houston, Texas (Klein Forest High School)
First-team all-district and all-area selection.three-time letterwinner who finished 2002 campaign with 47 tackles, including 34 solos.added three interceptions, three fumble recoveries, two pass break-ups and one tackle-for-loss.had two kickoff returns for 63 yards.lettered four times in track.undecided on major.high school coach is Gene Johnson.son of Ronald and Sandra Rhea.born 9/25/84.

Micah Rucker, 6-6, 190, WR, Bonita Springs, Fla. (Estero High School)
Three-time all-conference, all-area and all-state selection...twice named all-county...made 55 receptions for 900 yards in 10 games and scored nine touchdowns in 2002...finished 2001 season with 36 catches for 600 yards and nine touchdowns...earned four letters, while leading his team to a four-year record of 38-11...four-year letterwinner in basketball, where he was all-conference and all-district...Honor Roll student...plans on majoring in business/sports management...high school coach is Bill Swats...son of Larry and Geneva Rucker...born 1/4/85.

John Scroggins, 6-5, 210, WR, Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins High School)
First-team all-conference selection as a senior...honorable-mention all-district selection his junior year...caught 23 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns his senior season...also participated in basketball, track and soccer...plans on majoring in broadcast journalism...high school coach is Mike Robinson...son of Cheryl Scroggins...born 12/18/84.

John Shevlin, 6-1, 205, LB, Eagan, Minn. (Eastview High School)
Six-time letterwinner and two-way player...All-Lake Conference selection his junior and senior seasons...earned all-state honors as a senior, totaling 157 tackles in 2002, including 101 solos...all-metro selection...had 14 tackles-for-loss, six sacks, six forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass break-ups and one interception...ran for 1,640 yards on 238 carries and 15 touchdowns...added seven receptions for 55 yards...had seven kickoff returns for 169 yards...averaged 36.5 yards on 17 punts with a long of 64 yards...three-time all-conference selection and two-time all-state performer in track...4x100 state champion as a sophomore and 100 and 200-meter champion as a junior...four-year Honor Roll member...Academic all-state member...undecided on major...high school coach is Kelly Sherwin...son of John and Sheila Shevlin...born 9/18/84.

Steve Shidell, 6-5, 260, OL, Coon Rapids, Minn. (Coon Rapids High School)
All-conference and all-state selection his senior season...named all-metro by the Star Tribune and KARE-11 ...four-year letterwinner in track...three-year academic award winner...National Honor Society member...undecided on major...high school coach is Clayton Copple...son of Mike and Mary Shidell...born 1/17/85.

Brian Smith, 6-2, 230, LB, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. (El Camino JC/Peninsula High School)
First-team All-Mission Conference selection in 2002...led the Mission Conference in tackles for two straight seasons...finished 2002 campaign with 120 tackles (73 solos)...four-time Defensive Player of the Week selection last season... two-year letterwinner at ECJC...named Team MVP his senior season at Peninsula...first-team all-league and All-CIF Division II member in 1999...second-team all-area and All-CIF Southern Section in 1999...helped lead his high school team to a 34-3 record during his three years as a letterwinner...chemistry major...JC coach is John Featherstone...high school coach was Gary Kimbrell...son of Rick and Diane Smith...born 7/2/82.

Desi Steib, 6-1, 185, DB, Vacherie, La. (St. James High School)
All-city, all-conference, all-county and all-area his junior and senior seasons...all-state in 2002...selected to The Advocate Super Dozen honorable-mention list...two-way player at receiver and defensive back...had 62 tackles, including 44 solos in 10 games in 2002...had four tackles for loss, three sacks, four forced fumbles, and three fumble recoveries his senior year...intercepted eight passes and broke up nine others...scored four defensive touchdowns, with two coming off interceptions and two off fumbles recoveries...totaled 61 receptions for 1,117 yards and 16 touchdowns in his career...had 47 receptions for 892 yards and 13 touchdowns in 2002...added eight carries for 71 yards and two scores...returned 19 punts for 354 yards and two touchdowns...added 16 kickoff returns for 517 yards and two scores...lettered three times in basketball, and once in baseball and track...undecided on major... high school coach is Rick Gaille...son of Sonya Lumar...born 10/4/84.

Jeff Sundsmo, 6-6, 275, OL, St. Paul, Minn. (Highland Park High School)
All-conference, all-area and all-state selection...started at tight end his sophomore season and moved to offensive tackle for his junior season...four-year Honor Roll student...Rotary Award recipient...also lettered in golf and track and participated in basketball and baseball...plans on majoring in marketing... high school coach is Dave Zeitchick...son of John Sundsmo and Lynn Olsen...born 8/11/84.

Justin Valentine, 6-2, 215, RB, Columbus, Ohio (Eastmoor Academy High School)
Ranked the 11th-best fullback by ESPN's Tom Lemming...all-city and all-district in 2000, 2001 and 2002...all-state selection his junior and senior season...Named to CBS Sportsline Prep Star All-America captain and MVP in 2001 and 2002...two-way standout who lettered all four years...rushed for 3,306 yards on 440 attempts and 30 touchdowns in his career...had 24 career receptions for 347 yards and two scores...surpassed 1,000 yards rushing his senior year with 1,241 yards on 191 carries...scored 14 touchdowns and averaged 6.5 yards per carry...caught eight passes for 127 yards in 2002...tallied 379 tackles, including 278 solos, with 48 tackles for loss, 18 sacks, 13 pass break-ups, eight forced fumbles, six fumble recoveries and five interceptions in 40 career games...finished his senior season with 167 tackles and 26 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks...had four forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions...gained 1,200 yards rushing his junior season with 10 touchdowns...tallied 950 yards his sophomore season...lettered three times in track and once in basketball...all-city selection in track...Honor Roll student...member of "Who's Who Among High School Student Council Members"...plans on majoring in business... high school coach is Ronnie Brown...son of Neni Valentine...born 7/5/85.

Ernest Wheelright IV, 6-5, 210, WR, Columbus, Ohio (Walnut Ridge High School)
Was an all-city, all-conference, all-area and all-state his junior and senior seasons...caught 24 passes for 875 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season...defensively, totaled 15 pass break-ups, intercepted five passes and forced one fumble...returned seven punts for 215 yards and three touchdowns with a long return of 84 yards...also participated in basketball and track...plans on majoring in business... high school coach is Gary Carter...son of Ernest and Debra Wheelwright...born 7/10/84.

Byron Williams, 6-0, 190, DB, Dallas, Texas (Ranger JC/Wilmer-Hutchins High School)
Helped lead his team to the 2001 Valley of the Sun Bowl...two-year letterwinner...also lettered two years in track...plans on majoring in recreation, parks and leisure studies... JC coach is Ken Stephens...high school coach is Dean Jackson...son of Jan Williams...born 7/1/78.

Player bios courtesy of University of Minnesota