Gophers football adds seventh in-state recruit in Shakopee’s Garrison Monroe

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The Gophers football program received a commitment for a third straight day on Tuesday when Shakopee athlete Garrison Monroe pledged to the U for the 2023 recruiting class.

Monroe, who is listed at 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, received a scholarship offer from Minnesota during a visit to campus on Tuesday.

Minnesota is now up to 15 total commitments for next year’s class, including seven from the state. This is the most in-state commitments in any recruiting class under coach P.J. Fleck, besting the five Minnesotans in his initial class in 2017, when the brand-new head coach honored those who pledged to former coach Tracy Claeys.

Monroe also had reported offers from South Dakota State, South Dakota, Northern Iowa and North Dakota. Monroe, who has been listed as a defensive back, thanked Fleck, safeties coach Danny Collins and cornerbacks coach Paul Haynes for the opportunity.


Fleck and multiple, to-be-named players will represent the Gophers during Big Ten Media Days at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on July 26, the conference said Tuesday. Six other programs will be present on July 26 and the remaining seven others will take their turns July 27.

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