Excited to make it official by signing my NLI to the University of Minnesota. Can't wait to be a gopher!https://t.co/3ijcXSEh2C— Eric Schierhorn (@Eschierhorn29) April 16, 2015
A letter of intent is a binding agreement that a player entering his senior year of high school (or beyond) signs to signify that the player will officially attend the school for at least one academic year. It's a hard commit compared with a verbal commitment. Players who have signed LOIs cannot be subjected to further recruiting and calls by other programs.
In other words, unlike a player like Hults flipping a verbal commitment, there is no chance of a player that signed a LOI to then go to a different school without major consequences.
Minnesota gets 6 during the early signing period
Forwards Ryan Norman, Tommy Novak and Tyler Sheehy, defenseman Jack Sadek, and goaltender Logan Halladay all signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Gophers. Additionally, Jack Ramsey signed a new Financial Aid Tender for the new year.
Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation mostly covering both the University of Minnesota and Big Ten. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate