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Updated: July 20th, 2013 4:05pm
Owatonna defensive end Andrew Stelter commits to Gophers

Owatonna defensive end Andrew Stelter commits to Gophers

by Nate Sandell
1500ESPN.com
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Jerry Kill's Minnesota Gophers landed one of their top in-state targets on Saturday.

Andrew Stelter, a 6-foot-4, 247-pound defensive end from Owatonna, Minn., announced his commitment to the Gophers on Saturday.

Stelter, who Rivals.com rates as a three-star prospect, made his choice earlier in the week, but he kept his decision from most of the Gophers' staff until he was on campus this weekend for the team's elite skills camp and recruiting barbecue

After informing the "U" staff, Stelter took to Twitter to make his announcement.

"Just committed to the University of Minnesota! So thankful! #gogophers," he tweeted.

Stelter's commitment is a solid one for the Gophers, and one that the coaching staff was very keen on picking up. For the first time under Kill, the Gophers are starting to form a comfortable layer of depth along the D-line. With defensive tackle Ra'Shede Hageman at the forefront, defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys has a D-line that is legitimately two-deep.

Stelter is the sixth prospect from the Class of 2014 to commit to the Gophers, and second player from the state of Minnesota behind Washburn running back Jeff Jones.

Iowa State, Army, Duke and Northern Illinois were among the teams that had made offers to Stelter.

Minnesota's other current commits

TE Gaelin Elmore -- 6-foot-5, 238-pounds, Somerset, Wisc.

RB Jeff Jones -- 5-11, 198, Minneapolis, Minn.

OL Connor Mayes -- 6-5, 330; Van Alstyne, Texas

ATH Dimonic McKinzy -- 6-0, 213; Kansas City, Kan.

DT Steven Richardson -- 5-11, 280; Chicago, Ill.

Nate Sandell is a contributor to 1500ESPN.com.
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