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    Default STrib: P.J. Fleck is fast and furious with scholarship offers – outside of Minnesota

    per Joe:

    Fleck has preached the importance of recruiting Minnesota and a “six- to eight-hour radius around the Twin Cities” since his arrival Jan. 6.

    This week, in a session with Star Tribune reporters, Fleck made it clear his stance hasn’t changed.

    “We have a huge junior day coming up this weekend, and there will be an enormous amount of Minnesota high school athletes here,” Fleck said. “I think you might see more [offers to Minnesota players] after this weekend.”

    Meanwhile, Fleck has been targeting players from recruiting hotbeds such as Florida, Texas, Ohio and Georgia, along with Missouri, Illinois and other states. Fleck hasn’t shied away from top prospects, even when they have offers from some of the biggest programs in the country. Alabama, Florida State and other schools can only sign so many players, so Fleck wants to be there early for players who might be looking to go elsewhere later in the recruiting cycle.

    Some highlights among the 134 (and counting) offers:

    • Fleck has offered five-star prospect BJ Foster of Angleton, Texas, a 6-1 safety ranked as the 11th-best high school player in the country. Foster is expected to sign with Texas. The Gophers have never signed a five-star recruit in the modern star-ranking era (since 2000).

    • Westerville, Ohio, running back Jaelen Gill, 247sports’ 30th best overall player, has an offer from Fleck, among his 28 possibilities so far.

    • Two of the nation’s top offensive tackles — Richard Gouraige (fourth-highest OT) of Tampa, Fla., and Ryan Hayes (13th) of Traverse City, Mich. — have Minnesota in their proverbial piles.

    • Kimberly, Wis., defensive end Boyd Dietzen — the best prospect in Wisconsin — visited Minnesota in February and has the Gophers on his list, according to 247sports.

    Fleck isn’t the only coach who’s made 125-plus offers. Wisconsin’s Paul Chryst has made 128 offers for next year’s class, Maryland’s J.D. Durkin 160 and Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh 172.

    http://www.startribune.com/p-j-fleck...ota/414033273/

    Go Gophers!!


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    To be fair, the 2018 MN high school class isn't bursting with great talent, from what I've seen.

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    So the 6-8 hour radius must definitely be based on flight range. Ain't anybody getting to Texas, Florida, Ohio, Georgia etc. in 6-8 hours by driving.
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    Thou shall not root for the Badgers under any circumstances, whatsoever. Doing so will bring upon my wrath and you suffer from the same plague of obesity, stupidity, and ugliness of the one who leads the razorbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breakin' The Plane View Post
    To be fair, the 2018 MN high school class isn't bursting with great talent, from what I've seen.
    Fleck needs to fill Gopher roster with unranked players from MN, or he's a communist!
    - Local Media, probably

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    I would want my kid to play for Fleck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarnBoy View Post
    Fleck needs to fill Gopher roster with unranked players from MN, or he's a communist!
    - Local Media, probably
    Unranked Minnesota kids has been the recipe for success for the fighting hawks. It only stands to reason, we should be filling our roster with kids from Dawson and Perham.
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    Quote Originally Posted by God View Post
    For you are one of the chosen ones, my son. Please carry my other messages forward and spread them across the land.

    Thou shall not root for the Badgers under any circumstances, whatsoever. Doing so will bring upon my wrath and you suffer from the same plague of obesity, stupidity, and ugliness of the one who leads the razorbacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers7NatTitlesBadgers0 View Post
    So the 6-8 hour radius must definitely be based on flight range. Ain't anybody getting to Texas, Florida, Ohio, Georgia etc. in 6-8 hours by driving.
    Lol. Getting those kids to come from Belize is harder and harder these days.

    The staff are hitting Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Indianapolis hard. Linguist and Smith have a big network in the southeast, so I'm not surprised by the attention they've been putting in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gophers7NatTitlesBadgers0 View Post
    Unranked Minnesota kids has been the recipe for success for the fighting hawks. It only stands to reason, we should be filling our roster with kids from Dawson and Perham.
    It started as a 'bit' to purposely confuse the schools from ND, but it has become so ubiquitous that now I legitimately am beginning to confuse the two schools and their mascots. Sort of like how I never used to have a problem with the difference between "then" and "than" until people misused them so frequently that I now have to stop and think before I use either one. Love it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GopherHomer View Post
    It started as a 'bit' to purposely confuse the schools from ND, but it has become so ubiquitous that now I legitimately am beginning to confuse the two schools and their mascots. Sort of like how I never used to have a problem with the difference between "then" and "than" until people misused them so frequently that I now have to stop and think before I use either one. Love it!!
    The beautiful part is that some on here still don't understand that it's a bit. That's when the fun really starts.
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    Quote Originally Posted by God View Post
    For you are one of the chosen ones, my son. Please carry my other messages forward and spread them across the land.

    Thou shall not root for the Badgers under any circumstances, whatsoever. Doing so will bring upon my wrath and you suffer from the same plague of obesity, stupidity, and ugliness of the one who leads the razorbacks.

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    Yeah seems like a passive aggressive way of trying to get people going cause Fleck isn't recruiting in state.

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    As far as recruiting territories, here's how it breaks down by the staff:

    Ciarrocca: QB's, and the Northeast
    Burns: RB's, St. Louis, and parts of Michigan
    Simon: WR's, Minnesota, and parts of Michigan and New Jersey
    Callahan: TE's, and Chicago
    Warriner: OL, Ohio, and Parts of New Jersey
    Smith: All Defense, Florida, and Parts of New Jersey
    Linguist: DB's, Texas, and Georgia
    Paup: DL, Iowa, Wisconsin, and JUCO
    Wenger: ST, Texas, and Indiana
    Fleck: Errybody

    From Goblirsch:
    There won't be a significant change in how recruiting is handled, at least from territories standpoint, but guys will spill into other areas where they have ties, and some recruits will have up to 3 recruiters. For instance, Benny Sapp was recruited by Robb Smith (relationship with Benny Sapp Jr.), Matt Simon (MN), and Linguist (DB).

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    Quote Originally Posted by RatherBeGolfing View Post
    Yeah seems like a passive aggressive way of trying to get people going cause Fleck isn't recruiting in state.
    But he is though....just because he hasn't offered scholarships doesn't mean they aren't doing their due diligence. All of the MN's top recruits are attending this weekend's event.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemo1107 View Post
    But he is though....just because he hasn't offered scholarships doesn't mean they aren't doing their due diligence. All of the MN's top recruits are attending this weekend's event.
    And we as diehard fans know that. The average rube doesn't though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nemo1107 View Post
    As far as recruiting territories, here's how it breaks down by the staff:

    Ciarrocca: QB's, and the Northeast
    Burns: RB's, St. Louis, and parts of Michigan
    Simon: WR's, Minnesota, and parts of Michigan and New Jersey
    Callahan: TE's, and Chicago
    Warriner: OL, Ohio, and Parts of New Jersey
    Smith: All Defense, Florida, and Parts of New Jersey
    Linguist: DB's, Texas, and Georgia
    Paup: DL, Iowa, Wisconsin, and JUCO
    Wenger: ST, Texas, and Indiana
    Fleck: Errybody

    From Goblirsch:
    Good info. I would love to see the staff continue to land quality talent from Texas, Florida, Georgia and so on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by God View Post
    For you are one of the chosen ones, my son. Please carry my other messages forward and spread them across the land.

    Thou shall not root for the Badgers under any circumstances, whatsoever. Doing so will bring upon my wrath and you suffer from the same plague of obesity, stupidity, and ugliness of the one who leads the razorbacks.

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