Gophers Football: Jerry Kill Lands 4-Star Minneapolis Running Back Jeff Jones

Andrew DoughtyCorrespondent IIFebruary 2, 2013

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 01:  Head coach Jerry Kill of the Minnesota Golden Gophers stands on the sidelines before the game against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)
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As Jerry Kill continues to build his 2013 recruiting class, the third-year Gophers coach landed a verbal commitment from a 4-star, in-state running back in the class of 2014

Jeff Jones, a 6'0" 190-pound running back out of Minneapolis Washburn, gave an unexpected early commitment.  He also had offers from Big Ten foes Illinois, Iowa, Michigan State and Wisconsin, along with Syracuse.

"I wanted to be a part of something special, and I think we can do that here in my home state of Minnesota," Jones said when discussing his commitment to the University of Minnesota.

The shifty runner was named to the Rivals250 2014 list and becomes the first 4-star commitment in Jerry Kill's tenure.

Kill, 9-16 in his two years at Minnesota, has not lit the world on fire in recruiting elite talent to Minneapolis, but he has compiled an intriguing 2013 class following a verbal pledge from mammoth 6'9" tight end Nate Wozniak (Greenwood, Indiana) this week.

Also included in this year's class is another talented running back in Berkley Edwards, a 3-star recruit from Chelsea, Michigan and brother of NFL player Braylon Edwards.

National Signing Day is this coming Wednesday, when Edwards and the 15 others are expected to officially sign on with the Gophers.

Jones becomes the first member of Kill's 2014 class.