With Minnesota having completed their whole 2015 recruiting class, all their attention has shifted to the 2016 class and we talk to Midwest Football Recruiting Manager, Allen Trieu about how the talent stacks up in-state, one local prospect to keep an eye on and much more.
How does the state compare to previous years in terms of talent and depth?
Allen Trieu: "I think it's shaping up to be a little better than last year, although you had some guys pop up late, at this early point in time, there are more kids with offers, more D1 type kids and a couple more high-end kids. Jashon Cornell was the only Scout 300 kid from Minnesota last year, this year, we already have three: Seth Green, Jojo Garcia, and Carter Coughlin."
With the recent success Minnesota has had, do you feel the Gophers will have a better chance at keeping some of the top guys home?
Trieu: "They already have Jojo and did not get Seth. I do not think they will get Carter, but I do think they sit pretty well with a couple of other in-state kids and they always land their share, so I'm sure there will be more than a couple in this class."
What is one in-state prospect that might not be in line to land a Gopher offer anytime soon, but could later in his recruitment?
Trieu: "I think if you look at how they usually take time with offensive linemen, you could see one of these developmental type of offensive lineman get offered at camp or during the season. I think a kid like Tommy Doyle from Edina reminds me a little of Nick Connelly, in that, he's a big framed kid who has played a lot of defense, but might have a brighter future on offense."
Who is the most important in-state kid to land and why?
Trieu: "Well, Carter Coughlin is the highest rated in-state kid on the board currently. He's from a top program in the state and he'd be huge to get away from some of the other programs who have offered him."
How big of a steal was securing Jojo Garcia so early in the game and what kind of player are the Gophers getting?
Trieu: "I wouldn't call him a steal necessarily because I think his commitment to Minnesota has been a long time in the making and was not a huge surprise, but I think they're getting a heck of an athlete. He's quick, naturally powerful and is a fluid, flexible kid for how big he is. I think, as he continues to develop, get stronger, faster, all that, he has a chance to not only be good, but potentially great for them."