To the delight of Steve Huck (left) and arrogant Arrowhead High School graduates everywhere, the University of Minnesota received a verbal commitment from Tom Parish, a 6'3", 200-pound quarterback out of Arrowhead High School in Wisconsin.
Parish, who is currently unranked by both Scout.com and Rivals.com, is one of five Minnesota commitments for the Class of 2010. Leading the way in this class is four-star offensive lineman, Jimmy Gjere, out of New Brighton, Minn.
However, what is most interesting about this commitment is the fact that Parish, a native Sconnie, chose the Golden Gophers over bitter rivals Iowa and more importantly, Wisconsin. This could be another sign of Tim Brewster's recruiting ability along with a sign of the general direction of both programs: Minnesota, a program that only seems to be getting better, and Wisconsin, a program that seems to be on the decline.
It is certain that Brewster has out-recruited Bielema since his arrival at the U, however, the win totals favor the Badgers. With an intense personal rivalry between the two coaches, the recruiting edge continues in Minnesota's favor with this early commitment.
It seems the pipeline of talent from Minnesota heading east on I-94 may be a thing of the past. Brewster landed Parish, whose father, by the way, played for Wisconsin. And if I were a betting man (which I am), I would be willing to bet that Parish will be the first of many to leave the overhyped cheese and dairy behind for the Land of 10,000 Lakes.
Hopefully, Brewster's "Jims and Joes," will make up for his questionable "Xs and Os," and bring Paul Bunyan's Axe home to The Bank.