Minnesota received a pair of verbal commitments Thursday night from Twin Cities defensemen Clay Hanus and Jake Boltmann. Both are HS freshmen and 2001-born birthdays.
I'm proud to announce my commitment to playing college hockey at the University Of Minnesota. Thanks to everyone who has helped me! #gophs⚡️— Clay Hanus (@ClayHanus) September 29, 2016
Very excited to announce my commitment to play hockey at the University of Minnesota! #gogophers 〽️— Jake Boltmann (@Boltmann10) September 30, 2016
Hanus, a teammate of Gopher commit Mike Koster on the Minnesota U16 Blades (a team coached by former Gopher Lance Pitlick), is considered to be one of the best MN-born defensemen in his age group. A left hand shot listed at 5’10”, 165 lbs, he is the son of former SCSU forward Tim Hanus (1988-1992).
Our Chris Dilks wrote about Hanus as part of his NAHL Showcase story earlier this week.
Clay Hanus-D-Minnesota Blades-A very talented defenseman that is a powerful, smooth skater, but had a little trouble with his decision-making and puck-moving at the faster U16 speed compared to some of the other times I’ve seen him.
Boltmann is the latest to commit from Edina, a pipeline that now features a half-dozen players including defensemen Clayton Phillips and Ben Brinkman. (Another Edina defensman, Ryan Zuhlsdorf, is a college freshman playing for the Gophers.) He is a right hand shot who attended the Minnesota Model camp this past summer.
Jake Boltmann-D-Edina-Boltmann is a good skater that uses his speed to push the puck up the ice offensively.
Both Hanus and Boltmann would not be on campus until 2019-2020 at the earliest. When they eventually depends upon their development and a growing number of commits in that age group.
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