After narrowing his list down to Notre Dame, Vanderbilt and Minnesota, three-star prospect Blake Hoffarber, of Hopkins (Minn.) High School, went with his home state school.
"One of the biggest conclusions that I came to during this process was that I wanted to stay close to home," Hoffarber told Rivals.com. "I grew up watching the Gophers' games and always wanted to play for them."
As much as Hoffarber was enamored with his state school, it was difficult to turn down Notre Dame and Vanderbilt after they put up such a strong effort recruiting him.
"It was really tough to make the decision," he said. "I was really thinking about the other schools, but I knew after this past weekend what I wanted to do. I really enjoyed my visit."
A 6-foot-4, 195-pound shooting guard, Hoffarber is ready to fill his role for the Gophers.
"My role will be to be a two guard who does the little things and hits the big shot," he said. "I know that I have to get stronger, though. I also need to improve my quickness to get ready for the speed and physical nature of the Big Ten."
Blake Hoffarber scouting report:
A heady player with a knack for hitting the big shot, Hoffarber can stroke the ball from long distance both spotted up and cutting off the screen. He also handles the ball well and can find the open man. Not that athletic, Hoffarber will struggle at times guarding the ball at the next level, but he has a great feel for positioning.