- Aug 28, 2011
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We’re done recruiting Townley- he’s not coming here. And he probably burned bridges with ASU as well. Dickerson is a long shot at this point imo.Wow....if this class is a C in your mind I don't honestly know what any coach at Minnesota could do to get an A.
Dickerson and Townley didn't sign anywhere else so both could still end up at Minnesota. And the team rankings are not nearly as bad as they look as this class is extremely competitive with the rest of the West and really only trails Ohio State and Michigan by any significant margin. The classes ranked 3-8 in the conference are not separated by much at all.
This was easily one of the most talented classes on paper that the University of Minnesota has signed in the past 20 years. We can all hope for more and honestly I think Fleck will find a way to keep improving on the recruiting front but this was a really strong class top to bottom.
And who knows, we could easily add some more talented players to this mix between now and the late signing day in a few months.
What would have been an A? The short answer is 4 o-linemen, a bona fide big time WR recruit, another DE, Ratzlaff or Hood at LB, and Dickerson to sign. We desperately needed 4 o-linemen this class and got two. And we had 3 in-state o-linemen who went elsewhere. The WR class doesn’t impress me. Not only is there not a Bateman in the group, there isn’t even a Daniel Jackson.
At the end of the day we finished 8th in the B1G and 4th in the west. That’s a C.There are 4 ingredients to becoming a winning football team- talent, player retention, player development and coaching. Are we better than Wisconsin or Iowa at retention, development or coaching? If not, we need to at least be more talented to have a chance to compete and win the west. Yet again, both of our rivals had better classes despite having ‘boring’ coaches. Even Nebraska, the laughingstock program, had a better class. That’s why it’s a C in my book.