Minnesota Gophers Program Mediocrity

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This past week was national Signing Day for High School Football players. Gophers coach PJ Fleck was talking of his excitement,with the recruits he was able to sign.  He signed 23 recruits, of which only one was a 4 star recruit.

Flecks inability to attract 4 & 5 star athletes, keeps them in the same state, they have been in since 1967. They will win a couple of Big Ten games a year , against other teams that are of the same caliber.

Most would agree, that athletes win games, not coaches. So when you see the major college teams, and their number of 4 & 5 star recruits, it is pretty evident, who is going to lead their conferences, and vie for the college playoffs, now and in  the future.

 

Here is a  ranking of the nations colleges, and the number of 4 star &5 star recruits, they have signed.

  • Alabama……….25

  • Georgia…………19

  • Texas A & M….14

  • LSU……………….13

  • Oregon………….12

  • Oklahoma……..14

  • Clemson………..12

  • Michigan……….16

  • Texas…………….13

  • Penn State……..17

  • Auburn…………..11

  • Ohio State………11

  • Notre Dame……15

  • Florida State…..10

  • Washington……12

  • Minnesota………1

It’s not just making a list for conversations, on all the sports talk shows. In realty, the best, just keep getting better. An example would be Alabama. If they got 20 plus, 5 star recruits per year, that would mean 80 on the team. As a player, you would play against the best everyday in practice, making you better everyday.

Staying on Alabama, teams coming into Tuscaloosa are intimidated when they walk on the field, and see Saban walking the sidelines and Tua warming up. A lot of the Alabama guys are TV stars now, and you can’t help but watch them.

My recommendation to the gophers, is to concentrate on the 4 & 5’s to begin building a base, and dont’ spend too much time, on the 3’s. The ones you get, can’t be much worse than previous 3’s.

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