“We just kept talking ball and we just hit it off,” Knuth told the Pioneer Press this week. “It was a great time.”
The next day, the Gophers became the first Power Five program to offer Knuth a scholarship and within two weeks, the 6-foot-4, 205-pound quarterback ranked 32nd in the nation in the 2022 class committed to the U.
While the pandemic slowed the initial recruiting process for everyone in 2020, Knuth had in-state offers from South Dakota State and South Dakota, as well as Air Force when Minnesota entered the competition last January.
“The Gophers got heavy into his tape and started watching; they sparked it,” said Harrisburg head coach Brandon White. “It was a three-week deal where it was nonstop. Teams all over the country were calling and doing Zooms or whatever they can do. It was a whirlwind for about three weeks.
“They were the first big Power Five to really take notice of him and reach out and then it had some monkey-see, monkey-do to it. It just takes one.”
Iowa offered a