Wednesday, July 22, 2009

HAYO to Hayo!!!!!!!!!!

I'm a couple of days late on this, but as Coach Tim Brewster announced on his Twitter page on Monday, it looks like Hayo Carpenter has finally made it to Minnesota. Carpenter arrives on campus as one of the top junior college wideouts from the 2009 class (Rivals has him 3rd among WR, and 13th overall), and after the annoucements a few weeks ago that four-star HB recruit Hasan Lipscomb and last year's starting FS Tremaine Brock won't be on the team this fall, this is huge, huge, HUGE news for the Gophs.

Carpenter should start opening day against Air Force opposite Eric Decker (check out a Youtube clip of Hayo! in JC), and should be the big-play guy we've been hoping/dying/praying for this offense to add. College football guru Phil Steele (I just bought his Big Ten preview, and the thing is HUGE!!! If I'm able to digest all of it, I might even know what I'm talking about this year- or at least sound like it) thinks so much of Hayo! that he named him 2nd team All-Big Ten for the coming year. Granted, after Decker and Illinois' Arrelious Benn the talent and experience at wideout in the conference definitely drops off, but to be named second team all-conference in the Big Ten before ever playing a down is a testament to how good this kid can be- and how excited we as Gopher fans should be to have him.