WR Corey Smith and ATH Simon Seidl add to Gophers’ 2024 class

–> Three-star Brownsburg, IN WR Corey Smith committed to the Gophers Wednesday night, joining three-star Hill Murray, MN ATH Simon Seidl as the 5th and 6th players to join the University of Minnesota’s 2024 recruiting class.

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The Gophers continue to add athletes to their 2024 recruiting class. Brownsburg, Indiana wide receiver Corey Smith committed to Minnesota Wednesday joining in-state standout Simon Seidl from earlier in the month. Listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds Smith is a high-potential wide receiver that has great athletic traits. He chose the Maroon & Gold over top offers from West Virginia, Illinois and Liberty. Seidl is one of the best prep athletes in the state of Minnesota, playing hockey and track & field in the offseason. As a DB/WR, he chose to stay home over a notable offer from Wyoming.

Who is Corey Smith?:

Corey Smith is a talented wide receiver prospect from a small suburb outside of Indianapolis with a population of 30,000 people called Brownsburg, Indiana. At Brownsburg high school, he broke onto the scene as a junior. With 40 catches for 811 yards and six touchdowns, he flashed serious potential and the college coaches came calling. After picking up his second offer from Akron, he received 14 more D1 offers since November.

  • Scouting Report:

Listed at 6-foot-1, 170 pounds Smith has an elite physical profile. Like most people his age, he has room to grow into his frame, but his tantalizing potential consistently shows up on film. His strength is definitely down the field with jump balls, as he has tremendous ball skills. He has room to grow when it comes to expanding his route tree, but his impressive YAC ability makes up for it. With only one season of serious high school production, he has a very intriguing long-term ceiling.

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Who is Simon Seidl?:

Simon Seidl is currently a junior at one of the most well-known private schools in Minnesota, Hill Murray. Simon does much more than just play both sides on the football field, he also stars on the school’s hockey team and track & field program, where he clocked in an 11.04-second 100m as a freshman. Starring at wide receiver and defensive back for the Pioneers, he garnered plenty of attention, picking up an offer from Wyoming in February and then his hometown Gophers on March 4, then he committed the following day.

  • Scouting Report:

Seidl is an all-around athlete in every sense of the phrase. Listed at 5-foot-11, 170 pounds he made plays all over the football field as a junior; Hill Murray’s coaching staff knows what they have and they make sure to take advantage of Seidl’s abilities. Given his physical profile, I would imagine his future with the Gophers will be a cornerback, but he certainly has the potential to play both positions at the next level. He is still a bit raw with pure technique at the CB position, but the sky is the limit when you’re an athlete of Seidl’s level.

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Instant Reaction:

The Gophers’ staff clearly had a mission to add athletes to this 2024 class. All six commitments so far are above-average athletes when it comes to comparing to their D1 recruit peers. Corey Smith is a really exciting WR prospect that is a bit different from the normal build that Fleck has typically gone after. He has the potential to be a serious threat in the Big Ten. Seidl is the type of player that you want to fill your team with. He is a tremendous athlete but still has room to grow when it comes to pure technique. He is the type of player that Fleck and his staff have shown the ability to develop and if he is bought in there is no reason why he cannot contribute in the Big Ten.

What is next?:

With the Spring recruiting window starting to seriously heat up. I expect there to be a lot more noise on the Gophers’ 2024 class in the coming months. Currently, 247sports ranks the Gophers’ class as 28th best in the country, but as we saw last season, class rankings don’t really tell a whole lot at this point. With all that being said Minnesota has made a very solid base as they will continue to refine its 2024 class.

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