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    Default CFN: Minnesota Recruiting 2019 Final Thoughts: ROWpher19 Underway

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    Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting class.

    The recruiting classes for Minnesota have improved under PJ Fleck, but they’re hardly anything special. He might have kickstarted something great over the second half of last season, but in a division with Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, an improving Nebraska, and with Purdue’s strong class, the bar has been raised.

    Even so, it’s one of Minnesota’s better classes in a long time. There might not be massive leaps and bounds in talent level overall, but the classes are improving under Fleck.

    The defensive linemen are on their way. The ends are going to be stronger with Rashad Cheney and D’Vion Harris two good-looking pass rushers, but the tackles are the potential stars. DeAngelo Carter and Keonte Schad were great gets.

    Last year’s class was light on the defensive backs. This year’s haul should change help the cause, starting with Tyler Nubin – who might turn out to be too good an option for the offensive side – and with a few from the JUCO ranks to throw into the mix early on.

    Back to those defensive linemen, there are several good ones to choose from in terms of who the star is. It could be Cheney, a 6-3, 265-pound pass rusher who might just be good enough and versatile enough to move around to fit in where needed. The Georgia native was wanted by the Bulldogs, Alabama, and other big names, but Fleck got him.

    Can Jacob Clark play a role right away? The 6-4 quarterback prospect out of Texas is coming into an already crowded position, but he’s one of the stronger pro-passing prospects the school has landed in a while.

    Watch out for Michael Lantz, a kicking prospect out of Georgia. Emmitt Carpenter hit 17-of-23 field goals last year, and now it’ll be an open casting call for the job. Lantz might just be the team’s biggest instant impact player.

    JUCO transfer Kelvin Clemmons needs to be a part of the depth chart early on. The defensive back has experience, size, and pop, and the Gophers could use a few more safety options.

    There’s a lot to like. Recruiting rankings … pfffft. Whatever. Minnesota got about as much talent and should be ranked about where Wisconsin usually is. Fleck is putting something interesting together, and this group should – to go cliché – fit the type. Fast.

    https://collegefootballnews.com/2019...tually-matters


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    From collegefootballnews.com

    Everything you need to know and what actually matters about the 2019 Minnesota Golden Gophers recruiting class.

    The recruiting classes for Minnesota have improved under PJ Fleck, but they’re hardly anything special. He might have kickstarted something great over the second half of last season, but in a division with Wisconsin, Iowa, Northwestern, an improving Nebraska, and with Purdue’s strong class, the bar has been raised.

    Even so, it’s one of Minnesota’s better classes in a long time. There might not be massive leaps and bounds in talent level overall, but the classes are improving under Fleck.

    The defensive linemen are on their way. The ends are going to be stronger with Rashad Cheney and D’Vion Harris two good-looking pass rushers, but the tackles are the potential stars. DeAngelo Carter and Keonte Schad were great gets.

    Last year’s class was light on the defensive backs. This year’s haul should change help the cause, starting with Tyler Nubin – who might turn out to be too good an option for the offensive side – and with a few from the JUCO ranks to throw into the mix early on.

    Back to those defensive linemen, there are several good ones to choose from in terms of who the star is. It could be Cheney, a 6-3, 265-pound pass rusher who might just be good enough and versatile enough to move around to fit in where needed. The Georgia native was wanted by the Bulldogs, Alabama, and other big names, but Fleck got him.

    Can Jacob Clark play a role right away? The 6-4 quarterback prospect out of Texas is coming into an already crowded position, but he’s one of the stronger pro-passing prospects the school has landed in a while.

    Watch out for Michael Lantz, a kicking prospect out of Georgia. Emmitt Carpenter hit 17-of-23 field goals last year, and now it’ll be an open casting call for the job. Lantz might just be the team’s biggest instant impact player.

    JUCO transfer Kelvin Clemmons needs to be a part of the depth chart early on. The defensive back has experience, size, and pop, and the Gophers could use a few more safety options.

    There’s a lot to like. Recruiting rankings … pfffft. Whatever. Minnesota got about as much talent and should be ranked about where Wisconsin usually is. Fleck is putting something interesting together, and this group should – to go cliché – fit the type. Fast.

    https://collegefootballnews.com/2019...tually-matters
    I think we have recruited well enough to compete well with all of the Big Ten West teams.

    Cheney I see as more of a run stopper in the middle than a pass rusher, but point is right we added a lot on d-line...the ND grad transfer, Dew-Treadway, and the other St Louis kid, MJ Anderson, aren't mentioned here, but also seem like very solid adds. I am excited to see Mafe, Teague and Otomewo take a big step forward. Renner and DeLattiboudere seem like guys who could have nice senior seasons like Botticelli had a few years back (maybe Devers as well?). Panagos seems like a good hire. Excited about our d-line.

    Getting juco Clemmons on last day of early signing and juco Owens on the last day of second signing period could be huge for our secondary. Lose only Huff from unit that looked good down the stretch and get Winfield back. Kiondre, T-Smith, Durr, Chris Williamson all looked legit. Howden got his feet wet and Sapp saw some time. T-Smith helped right away as true frosh; hopefully Nubin is same kind of talent. Solomon Brown as early enroll should help the unit as well. Another new DB coach.

    Clark looks legit in highlights. Like seeing offers listed from Iowa, Purdue, TCU, WSU, Syr, Vandy, Cal. Early enroll.

    I look at Dickson as part of this class. If he can help, that's huge. Same with Manns.
    Brown-Stephens and Potts may be sleepers who fit the system well and contribute right away as role guys. Both early enroll.
    I also like big backs; Wiley seems like one who could fit in well in the Big Ten and the RunTheBall offense that demoralized Purdue, Wisconsin, and the Institute.
    Need Guedet to be a difference maker, may even need him this year. Nice he's early enroll. Callahan seems to have good eye for midwest oline talent. Maybe Schmitz, Beier, Sassack, York step up.
    Last edited by swingman; 02-08-2019 at 11:31 AM.

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