The Gopher men got their 1st verbal from the class of 2013 today (Monday, September 24). He is Alvin Ellis, a 6-4 wing/shooting guard from Chicago DeLaSalle. He had offers from Northwestern, Kansas State and Wichita State, but selected the Gophers after making his official visit here this past weekend.
Ellis is rated just #475 in his class nationally by Rivals/ESPN, but another service has him as one of the top 5 from the state of Illinois. These represent totally opposing points of view as the top 5 from Illinois would under ordinary circumstances be an easy top 100 recruit. Then again, he's rated as only 2 stars, which would match up with the 475 more than it would the top 5.
Still, he's said to have great "athleticism" and a lot of "upside." His "jump shot is his go-to weapon." He is characterized as "a go-to scorer."
Ellis' verbal was particularly welcome as 2 other Gopher recruits have recently announced their college selection...and it wasn't Minnesota. E.C. Mathews is going to Rhode Island and Cedric Hankerson to Boston U!
But returning to Ellis, there are those who are high on him. But the consensus is that he's not a game-changer by any stretch of the imagination. Time will tell.