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Former Alabama D-tackle and a JUCO cornerback – Twin Cities

The Gophers football program received two oral commitments for the 2019 recruiting class on Saturday: high school defensive tackle Rashad Cheney and junior college cornerback Damarion Williams, they announced during official visits in Minnesota.

Cheney, a four-star prospect from Ellenwood, Ga., was committed to Georgia and then Alabama, but left the Crimson Tide’s class in October. He had other offers from Mississippi, Georgia Tech — the Gophers’ foe in the Quick Lane Bowl on Dec. 26 — and others.

“I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity …. @Coach_Fleck,” Cheney tweeted. “I’m coming home.”

Cheney, who’s 6-feet-2 and 270 pounds, is now the Gophers’ highest-rated recruit, according to’s composite rankings.

Williams, an Atlanta native listed at 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, had 18 tackles and three interceptions as a freshman at Highland (Kan.) Community College last season.

“I’m ready to Row The Boat,” Damarion Williams tweeted. “… #Committed.”

Williams, who was on an official visit to the U this weekend, had scholarship offers from Washington State, Boise State and others.

The Gophers have 24 commits in the 2019 class, with the early national signing day on Dec. 19. Gophers head coach P.J. Fleck wants to have the entire class signing letters of intent then.

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