- Oct 8, 2011
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Forever a Gopher laid it out well in his post above. And I agree with his take that in-state recruiting is way more important in basketball than it is in football for Minnesota. Pitino could have built a damn good team if he could have kept more of the top talent home.conventional wisdom is the best way to get good kids who want to be a part of your program is locally
But at the end of the day the only thing that matters is getting the best kids that want to be a part of your program
How about Iowa state (a program whose trajectory I would compare to Minnesota’s even though they may be a little ahead) getting 0 of the top 7 in their state
For football, we have lost some highly rated OL prospects that would have been great to keep home. But looking at our roster the OL seems like a strength heading into 2021 so we don't appear to be missing those guys that left a ton.
Did a quick look at the top recruits from Minnesota over the past few years and then checked the depth chart of the team they ended up on. Couldn't find a number of them in the projected 2-deeps that the site ourlads puts together. Bottom line is I don't see a lot of high rated talent that has left that would have greatly shifted our fortunes had they stayed home. Not counting guys like Trey Lance who were missed by basically everyone, referring more to the guys who turned us down for another power 5 opportunity.