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Updated: April 29th, 2012 1:55pm
Spencer Ohm, Da'Jon McKnight among invites to Vikings rookie camp

Spencer Ohm, Da'Jon McKnight among invites to Vikings rookie camp

by Tom Pelissero
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Spencer Ohm will get another chance to impress the Minnesota Vikings next weekend. So will several former Gophers.

Ohm, the Blooming Prairie native and former Concordia University (St. Paul) quarterback, has been invited to the Vikings' rookie camp on a tryout basis.

"Just got the phone call I've been waiting for my entire life," Ohm wrote on Twitter. "(S)taying home with Minnesota. Couldn't be happier with how things worked out."

Vikings coaches worked with Ohm during his workout at the Gophers pro day event last month. He'll be joined at the rookie camp by a long list of undrafted rookies, many of them with local ties, that includes at least four former Gophers, according to NFL sources.

Receiver Da'Jon McKnight, defensive linemen Brandon Kirksey and Anthony Jacobs and defensive back Kim Royston all are scheduled to participate. So is former Gophers tight end Nick Tow-Arnett, who has spent time with Dallas and Seattle since going undrafted in 2010.

As always, the list of invites can change because players could be offered contracts elsewhere.

The Vikings usually invite undrafted players from Minnesota schools to camp as a way of maintaining good relations with local coaches. However, it's not unprecedented for players brought in for what team officials refer to as the "call of the wild" to make the team.

Cornerback Marcus Sherels, for instance, was a tryout player in the Vikings' camp in 2010. Two years later, he's still on the roster and spent last season as the Vikings' primary punt returner.

In addition to tryout players, the Vikings' 10 draft picks and the 15 undrafted rookies who agreed to terms on Saturday are expected to participate in the rookie camp, which begins on Friday.

No Gophers were drafted this year. Two players, halfback Duane Bennett and tight end Eric Lair, signed as undrafted rookies with Green Bay.

Nate Sandell and Judd Zulgad contributed.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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