De'Niro Laster adds first Big Ten offer

There is no rush for Cleveland Heights (Ohio) athlete De'Niro Laster, who is taking his time with his recruitment. Laster has been waiting for some bigger offers before going forward, and he received one Thursday.

Minnesota became the first Big Ten program to offer Laster. The offer is for linebacker, a position the 6-foot-2, 218-pound Laster began playing this season.

The offer from the Gophers does not push them to the front, however.

"Nope, still open," Laster said.

He added no official visits have been set, but it is likely the Gophers will receive one. Laster came over from Shaker Heights (Ohio) following the end of his junior season and was a teammate with Gophers freshman Antonio Johnson at Shaker.

Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Kansas, Temple and Toledo have also offered.