- Oct 8, 2011
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I think there is talent. EP has come back to the crowd and urban sprawl has created some new good programs. Players are no longer coming from 1-4 programs, but found all over the state.
I think there are two different discussions. There is talent in the state but most years the talent pool is really shallow. 2016 was an example of a rare year where the total talent pool in Minnesota was pretty deep but most years there are a couple guys that are legit D1 prospects and the rest are lower level D1 and down guys. The tough part about evaluating Minnesota kids is that the overall competition is so weak that it is tough to know just how good a top athlete is because he faces so few other top athletes.
Take a guy like Riley Mahlman. How many D1 caliber defensive lineman has he gone against in his career, my guess is very very few. And he plays for a team that doesn't pass so scouts are making their judgement on him almost entirely on his build because frankly there is really no way to know how he will fare against skilled defensive lineman.
In terms of the overall programs there are very few truly great teams in Minnesota. EP flashes at times but even those great EP teams probably would have gotten crushed by top teams from other states. Someone else commented on this but the 2020 Rosemount team would have had a shot to go for the state title had there been a traditional tournament. Great for them but that team was not loaded with talent. The fact that a team with no QB, 1 solid RB, and a good defense would have been good enough to contend for the state title tells you that there is just not that much strong competition in the state.