Gophers add 11 players on National Signing Day

Head coach P.J. Fleck of the Minnesota Golden Gophers reacts in the fourth quarter against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on November 24, 2018 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

The University of Minnesota football program added 11 more players to its 2019 roster on National Signing Day.

High school seniors who didn’t sign National Letters of Intent back in December and junior college transfers signed on Wednesday to make their future college choice official. PJ Fleck signed a majority of his 2019 class back in December, but added at least one big name on Wednesday.

Gervarrius Owens, a junior college All-American safety, signed with Minnesota after playing one season at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College. The Gophers also added 10 preferred walk-ons, and eight Minnesotans in Jimmy Buck, Caden Fey, Matt Guggemos, Kick Kallerup, Nick McCabe, Ben McNaboe, Cody Smith and Larry Wright. They also signed Austin Winfield, the brother of Antoine Winfield, Jr.

Minnesota’s 2019 class finished 42nd nationally and 10th in the Big Ten in the 247Sports composite rankings. By adding Owens, the Gophers signed 24 players to scholarships for the 2019 class. The Gophers had 23 players sign letters of intent during the early signing period.

The Gophers finished Fleck’s second season 7-5, with a signature win at Wisconsin and a 34-10 win over Georgia Tech in the Quick Lane Bowl.