MINNEAPOLIS -- The Gophers football program parted ways Monday with one of its top-rated recruits in the 2019 class, according to a source.

Defensive end Jason Bargy, of Momence, Ill., and Minnesota have had issues with his high school grades, and there are questions whether he will meet NCAA qualifications to play in college, a source said.

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Bargy, who gave an oral commitment to Minnesota on May 9, also might not want to play college football. His high school coach declined to comment on Bargy.

At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Bargy was considered the No. 2 recruit in the state of Illinois and among the top recruits in Minnesota’s class, according to 247sports.com.

The Gophers now have 23 recruits in the incoming class, with the early signing period starting Dec. 19.

No love?

The Gophers were surprised Monday by what they felt like were two award snubs - linebacker Blake Cashman passed over for Big Ten defender of the week and receiver Tyler Johnson left of the Biletnikoff Award semifinalist list.

In Saturday’s 41-10 victory over Purdue, Cashman had nine tackles, a fourth-down tackle for no gain, a half- sack and, on one game-changing play, a forced fumble, fumble recovery and 40-yard return for a touchdown.

But the award went to Penn State defensive tackle Robert Windsor, who had six tackles and two sacks in a 22-10 win over Wisconsin.

Eleven players were named to the Biletnikoff Award list, which is given to the nation’s best receiver.

After being a midseason addition to the award’s watch list, Johnson has numbers that put him in the middle of that pack: 62 receptions (tied for sixth), 948 yards (tied for seventh), and nine touchdowns (tied for sixth).

Williamson’s best

Nickel cornerback Chris Williamson played his best game at Minnesota against Purdue, coach P.J. Fleck said Monday.

Williamson, a transfer from Florida, often was matched up against Boilermakers freshman playmaker Rondale Moore, who was named to the Biletnikoff list.

Williamson was credited with three tackles, one for lost yards, and a pass breakup. For the first time, he was named one of the team’s players of the week.

“That was why we wanted to bring him here,” Fleck said. “Hopefully, this uplifts his confidence and he can play like that every week, because we need him to.”


Fleck declined to rule out nose tackle O.J. Smith or defensive back Antonio Shenault for Saturday’s game against Northwestern at TCF Bank Stadium. Smith has missed the past five games, Shenault the previous three. Both suffered head injuries. … The Gophers’ regular-season finale against Wisconsin will be played at 2:30 p.m. Nov. 24.