- Gerry Hamilton, ESPN Staff Writer
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Dredrick Snelson, the No. 96 prospect in the country, is headed north for college. Way north, that is.
The South Florida playmaker and No. 14 receiver in the Class of 2016 informed RecruitingNation that he committed to Minnesota on Saturday over Virginia Tech, Miami, Michigan and UCF.
“I feel like Minnesota’s program fits me perfectly. The coaches stayed on me and stayed loyal to me, and I believe I can go up there and excel in the offense.”
Snelson’s call to Minnesota head coach Jerry Kill to commit was followed by the coach jumping up and down, and plans for a dessert.
“He was very excited. He said he was jumping up and down next to his wife, and said he was going to celebrate with ice cream," Snelson said. Coach said they need me to be that dynamic playmaker the offense needs.”
Loyalty and the chance to be a difference-maker put the Golden Gophers over the top for Snelson, an ESPN 300 prospect who previously was committed to Miami.
“I think I fit in well offensively. I can be that dynamic playmaker the program needs. I just have to adjust to the cold [laughing].”
The 2016 Under Armour All-America selection visited Virginia Tech last week before coming to a decision Saturday. He has an official visit to Minnesota set for Oct. 31 for the Michigan game.
Snelson becomes the 14th commitment for the Golden Gophers, including four-star offensive tackle Sean Foster, athletic in-state linebacker Carter Coughlin and Sunshine State twins Elijah and Elisha Daniels.
Snelson, who will play his senior season at Flanagan High in Pembroke Pines, Florida, could become the third ESPN 300 prospect signed by Minnesota under Kill. Under Armour All-America alumnus Jeff Jones was ranked No. 137 in the 2014 class and offensive guard Isaac Hayes No. 112 in the 2012 class.