P.J. Fleck is wasting no time at his new job at Minnesota. The former Western Michigan head coach has flipped several recruits in the 2017 recruiting class.
Although he has only been the head coach at Minnesota for a few days, P.J. Fleck is already making an impact on the recruiting trail.
Whether or not he’s able to eventually bring the “Row The Boat” trademark to the Big Ten, he already has former Western Michigan commitments on board to follow him to Minnesota, as seven players in the Class of 2017 have said they will choose the Gophers instead of the Broncos.
Three-star wide receiver Chris Bell, three-star linebacker Trenton Guthrie, three-star quarterback Tanner Morgan, three-star offensive lineman John Michael Schmitz, three-star defensive end Noah Hickcox, three-star defensive end Nate Umlor and two-star defensive end Esezi Otomewo will play in the Big Ten instead of the MAC, and Gopher fans should be able to count on a few more players opting to follow Fleck to Minneapolis after initially committing to Western Michigan. Fleck has reached out to recruits who had committed to play for him while he was at WMU, and there’s a good chance that a lot of those players will want to follow him to his new home.
Fleck and his tireless assistant coaches at WMU changed the game on the recruiting trail in the MAC. He wasted no time pursuing talent upon arriving in Kalamazoo, putting together a strong first class, and it only improved each year. The Broncos’ Class of 2017 was going to be tremendous for a Group of Five school, with a very strong crop of three-star recruits committed. We have already seen seven maintain that they are going to Minnesota instead. How many more will flip?
Fleck loves to recruit, so Gopher fans should expect the talent base to get better and better with each season that Fleck is in place.
At his introductory press conference, Fleck talked about changing the culture at Minnesota and competing for national championships. While that might be a tough task in the Twin Cities, no one will be able to question Fleck’s efforts. After all, Fleck just took a MAC program to the Cotton Bowl after a 13-0 regular season, completing a turnaround from 1-11 to 13-1 in just four seasons. One can only imagine what he’ll be able to do with better resources outside of Kalamazoo.
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