P.J. Fleck is quickly building his 2017 recruiting class at Minnesota with familiar faces.
Sunday morning, 3-star defensive end Nate Umlor announced his commitment to Minnesota, and 3-star OT Kyle Sassack quickly followed suit. Umlor and Sassack became the seventh and eighth former Western Michigan commits to flip to Minnesota, following Fleck.
— Nathan Jeffrey Umlor (@Nate_Umlor) January 8, 2017
SKI U MAH!! RTB!! pic.twitter.com/wPWBdtwXYR
— Kyle Sassack (@Ksassack77) January 8, 2017
On Friday night, just hours after Fleck was introduced as the Gophers’ new head coach, six Western Michigan commits — DE Esezi Otomewo, DT Noah Hickcox, OG John Schmitz, LB Trenton Guthrie, QB Tanner Morgan and WR Chris Bell — all announced they were flipping their verbal commitments to Minnesota.
Umlor, an Allendale, Mich. native, is rated as the 63rd-best strong-side defensive end in the 2017 class by 247 Sports and is listed at 6-foot-6, 245 pounds.
Sassack, from Pontiac, Mich., is considered the No. 135 offensive tackle in the class and the 35th-best prospect from Michigan.
With the flurry of flipped commits, Minnesota’s 2017 class stands at 23 players and is ranked 55th in the country.